Studies & Bills

Orders of Reference

An order of reference is a decision of the Senate authorizing a committee to undertake the study of an issue, bill or other matter. Most committees require an order of reference before they can undertake such work. However, three committees are empowered by the Rules of the Senate to act on their own initiative without a prior order of reference from the Senate. These are the Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament; the Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration; and the Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators.

Studies & Bills Order of Reference Session  note  note
Bill S-219, An Act to amend the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act
2007-05-31
The issue of developing a systematic process for the application of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as it applies to the Senate of Canada
2007-02-28
Examine and report upon the current provisions of the Constitution Act, 1867 that relate to the Senate and the need and means to modernize such provisions, either by means of the appropriate amending formula in the Act and/or through modifications to the Rules of the Senate
2006-12-14
Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 9:36 AM
  • The Honourable Dan Hays, P.C., Senator (Senate of Canada)
That the Senate should recognize the inalienable right of the first inhabitants of the land now known as Canada to use their ancestral language to communicate for any purpose; and that, to facilitate the expression of this right, the Senate should immediately take the necessary administrative and technical measures so that senators wishing to use their ancestral language in this House may do so
2006-10-19
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 9:35 AM
  • Henri Bagdadi, Independent Interpreter (As an individual)
  • Alain Wood, Director, Interpretation and Parliamentary Translation (Translation Bureau)
Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 9:38 AM
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 at 12:10 PM
  • Mark Audcent, Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel (Senate of Canada)
Amendment to Rule 86(1)(h) of the Rules of the Senate (Name of Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs)
2006-09-28
Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at 9:33 AM
  • The Honourable Hugh Segal, Senator (Senate of Canada)
Pursuant to Rule 48(1), the question that whenever the Senate is sitting, the proceedings of the upper chamber, like those of the lower one, be televised, or otherwise audio-visually recorded, so that those proceedings can be carried live or replayed on CPAC, or any other television station, at times that are convenient for Canadians
2006-06-08
Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at 12:08 PM
  • David R. Beamish, Reading Clerk (House of Lords)
  • Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury (House of Lords)
  • Lord Graham of Edmonton (House of Lords)
  • Barbara Long, Director of Parliamentary Broadcasting (House of Lords)
Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 9:33 AM
  • The Honourable Norman K. Atkins, Senator (Senate of Canada)
  • The Honourable Tommy Banks, Senator (Senate of Canada)
  • The Honourable Marilyn Trenholme Counsell, Senator (Senate of Canada)
Wednesday, November 22, 2006 at 12:13 PM
  • Robert Buchan, Corporate Secretary (CPAC)
  • Barry Kiefl, President (Canadian Media Research Inc.)
  • Philip B. Lind, Vice-Chairman (CPAC)
  • Ken Stein, Chairman (CPAC)
  • Colette Watson, President and General Manager (CPAC)
Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at 9:33 AM
  • The Honourable Hugh Segal, Senator (Senate of Canada)
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