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
Case of privilege relating to leaks of the Auditor General's report on the audit of Senators’ Expenses
2015-06-09
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 9:31 AM
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 9:32 AM
  • The Honourable Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette, P.C.
  • Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director (Canadian Taxpayers Federation)
Bill C-518, An Act to amend the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act (withdrawal allowance)
2015-05-26
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 9:31 AM
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 9:32 AM
  • The Honourable Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette, P.C.
  • Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director (Canadian Taxpayers Federation)
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 8:33 AM
  • France Lagacé, Financial Officer, Senators' Pay, Pensions and Benefits, Finance and Procurement Directorate (Senate of Canada)
  • Michel Patrice, Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel and Chief Parliamentary Precinct Services Officer (Senate of Canada)
  • Nicole Proulx, Chief Corporate Services Officer (Senate of Canada)
  • John Williamson, M.P., sponsor of the bill (As an Individual)
Bill C-586, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (candidacy and caucus reforms)
2015-05-14
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 9:32 AM
  • The Honourable Stéphane Dion, P.C., M.P. (As an Individual)
  • The Honourable Peter Milliken, P.C., O.C. (As an Individual)
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 9:30 AM
  • The Honourable Michael Chong, P.C., M.P., sponsor of the bill (As an Individual)
  • William Cross, Professor, Department of Political Science, Carleton University (As an Individual)
  • Bob Rae, P.C., Special Envoy of the Prime Minister to Myanmar (As an Individual)
Consideration of a report of the Subcommittee on Parliamentary Privilege
2015-01-27
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 9:33 AM
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 9:32 AM
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 9:34 AM
Bill S-207, An Act to amend the Conflict of Interest Act (gifts)
2014-05-08
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 9:34 AM
  • The Honourable Senator Joseph A. Day, , Sponsor of the bill (As an Individual)
  • Paul D. K. Fraser, Q.C., Conflict of Interest Commissioner (British Columbia's Office of the Conflict of Interest Commissioner)
  • Sidney B. Linden, Conflict of Interest Commissioner (Office of the Conflict of Interest Commissioner of Ontario)
Pursuant to rule 12-7(2)(a), consideration of amendments to the Rules of the Senate
2013-10-24
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 9:34 AM
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 9:32 AM
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 10:32 AM
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 9:30 AM
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 9:30 AM
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 9:32 AM
Pursuant to rule 12-7(2)(c), consideration of the orders and practices of the Senate and the privileges of Parliament
2013-10-24
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 9:34 AM
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