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.

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Government Response, dated June 25, 2013, to the twentieth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, entitled: Prescription Pharmaceuticals in Canada: Post-Approval Monitoring of Safety and Effectiveness, tabled in the Senate on March 26, 2013
Government Response, dated May 2, 2013, to the fourteenth report (interim) of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology entitled: Canada’s Clinical Trial Infrastructure: A Prescription for Improved Access to New Medicines, tabled in the Senate on November 1, 2012
Bill C-43, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 4:13 PM
  • Peter Edelmann, Lawyer (As an individual)
  • Raji Mangat, Lawyer (British Columbia Civil Liberties Association)
  • R. Reis Pagtakhan, Lawyer (As an individual)
  • Sharon Rosenfeldt, President (Victims of Violence)
Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:28 AM
  • Barbara Jackman, Barrister and Solicitor (As an individual)
  • Richard Kurland, Lawyer and Policy Analyst (As an individual)
  • Gordon Maynard, Past Chair, National Immigration Law Section (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Julie Taub, Immigration and Refugee Lawyer (As an individual)
  • Tamra Thomson, Director, Legislation and Law Reform (Canadian Bar Association)
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM
  • The Honourable Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P., Minister (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Marie Bourry, Senior General Counsel, Legal Services (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Martin Collacott, Spokesperson (Centre for Immigration Policy Reform)
  • Emmanuelle Deault-Bonin, Manager, National Security Policy (Public Safety Canada)
  • Janet Dench, Executive Director (Canadian Council for Refugees)
  • Loly Rico, President (Canadian Council for Refugees)
  • Lesley Soper, Executive Director, Enforcement and Intelligence Programs (Canada Border Services Agency)
  • Catrina Tapley, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
Subject-matter Bill C-314, An Act respecting the awareness of screening among women with dense breast tissue
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 4:16 PM
Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM
  • Dr. Norman Boyd, Senior Scientist, Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research (As an individual)
  • Dr. Nathalie Duchesne, Breast Radiologist (Clinique Radiologique Audet)
  • Dr. Jacques Lévesque, President (Canadian Association of Radiologists)
  • Dr. Jean Seely, Working Group Member: CAR Practice Guidelines Breast Imaging (Canadian Association of Radiologists)
  • Martin Yaffe, Senior Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute (As an individual)
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 4:13 PM
  • Cathy Ammendolea, Board Chair (Canadian Breast Cancer Network)
  • Deborah Dubenofsky, Chair, National Board of Directors (Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation)
  • Anne Rochon Ford, Executive Director (Canadian Women's Health Network)
Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 10:27 AM
  • Gregory Doyle, Chair, National Committee (Canadian Breast Cancer Screening Initiative)
  • Shelly Jamieson, Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Partnership Against Cancer)
  • Dr. Christine Wilson, Medical Director, Screening Mammography Program of British Columbia (British Columbia Cancer Agency)
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 4:14 PM
  • Kimberly Elmslie, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch (Public Health Agency of Canada)
  • Morag Park, Scientific Director, Institute of Cancer Research (Canadian Institutes of Health Research)
  • Dr. John Patrick Stewart, Interim Senior Executive Director, Therapeutic Products Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch (Health Canada)
Bill C-44, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code and the Employment Insurance Act and to make consequential amendments to the Income Tax Act and the Income Tax Regulations
Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 10:29 AM
  • Marie-Adèle Davis, Executive Director (Canadian Paediatric Society)
  • Stephen Moreau, Partner (Cavalluzzo Shilton McIntyre Cornish LLP)
  • Denise Page, Senior Health Policy Analyst (Canadian Cancer Society)
  • Laurent Quintal, Assistant Director, Employment Insurance Policy (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)
  • Jean-François Roussy, Director, Employment Insurance Policy (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 4:14 PM
  • The Honourable Diane Finley, P.C., M.P., Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development ()
  • Honourable Lisa Raitt, P.C., M.P., Minister of Labour (As an Individual)
  • Anthony Giles, Director General, Strategic Policy, Analysis and Workplace Information Directorate (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)
  • Mireille Laroche, Director General, Employment Insurance Policy (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)
  • Sue O'Sullivan, Federal Ombudsman (Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime)
  • Michel Surprenant, Chair, Board of Directors (Association of Families of Persons Assassinated or Disappeared)
Bill C-300, An Act respecting a Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention
Monday, December 10, 2012 at 3:00 PM
  • Harold Albrecht, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, sponsor of the bill ()
  • Dr. Alex Drossos, Board Member (Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention)
  • Marla Israel, A/Director General, Centre for Health Promotion (Public Health Agency of Canada)
  • Kathy Langlois, A/Assistant Deputy Minister, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (Health Canada)
  • Alisa Simon, Vice President, Counselling Services and Program (Kids Help Phone)
  • Philip Upshall, National Executive Director (Mood Disorders Society of Canada)
  • Kimberley Wilson, Executive Director (Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health)
Bill C-316, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (incarceration)
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 4:14 PM
  • Erin Corston, Director of Environment and Health (Native Women's Association of Canada)
  • Teresa Edwards, Director of Human Rights and International Affairs (Native Women's Association of Canada)
Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM
  • Loreen Gilmour, Director, Poverty Initiatives and Research (United Way of Calgary)
  • Heidi Illingworth, Executive Director (Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime)
  • Catherine Latimer, Executive Director (John Howard Society of Canada)
  • Kim Pate, Executive Director (Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies)
  • Justin Piché, Member, Policy Review Committee (Canadian Criminal Justice Association)
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 4:15 PM
  • Richard Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo-Prince George, sponsor of the bill ()
  • Mireille Laroche, Director General, Employment Insurance Policy (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)
Bill C-313, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (non-corrective contact lenses).
Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 10:29 AM
  • Patricia Davidson, Member of Parliament for Sarnia-Lambton, sponsor of the bill ()
  • Dr. Lillian Linton, President (Canadian Association of Optometrists)
  • Tushar Mehta, Operations Manager (Camden Passage Inc.)
Government Response to the seventh report of Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology entitled: Time for Transformative Change: A Review of the 2004 Health Accord, tabled in the Senate on March 27, 2012
Government Response to the sixth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology entitled: Opening the Door: Reducing Barriers to Post-Secondary Education in Canada, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on December 22, 2011
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