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 C-61, An Act to amend the Geneva Conventions Act, An Act to incorporate the Canadian Red Cross Society and the Trade-marks Act
2007-06-18
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 4:06 PM
  • The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs (As an Individual)
  • Paul Gibbard, Director General (Acting), Human Security and Human Rights Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Mi Nguyen, Senior Policy Advisor, Humanitarian Affairs and Disasters Response Group (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Bill C-293, An Act respecting the provision of official development assistance abroad
2007-05-29
Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 6:05 PM
  • Annette Nicholson, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary (International Development Research Centre)
  • Maureen O'Neil, President (International Development Research Centre)
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 4:07 PM
  • George Ayittey, Professor, Economics, American University (As an individual)
  • Robert Fowler, retired senior official (As an individual)
  • Mark Lowcock, Director General, Policy and International ((British) Department for International Development (by videoconference))
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 6:02 PM
  • Stephen Wallace, Vice-President, Afghanistan Task Force (Canadian International Development Agency)
  • Lucien Bradet, President and CEO (Canadian Council on Africa (CCAfrica))
  • Graham Flack, Assistant Deputy Minister, International Trade and Finance (Finance Canada)
  • John Sloan, Director General, Economic Policy Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Alain Tellier, Deputy Director, Criminal, Security and Privileges and Immunities Law Section (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Christiane Verdon, Senior General Counsel, Legal Services Division (Canadian International Development Agency)
Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 4:08 PM
  • Gerry Barr, President-CEO (Canadian Council for International Co-operation)
  • Aaron Freeman, Part-time, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa (As an individual)
  • Molly Kane, Executive Director (Inter Pares)
Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at 6:19 PM
  • The Honourable Roméo Dallaire, Sponsor of the Bill ()
  • John McKay, M.P., Sponsor of the Bill in the House of Commons ()
Department of Foreign Affairs User Fee Proposal relating to the International Youth Program, pursuant to the User Fees Act, S.C. 2004, c. 6, sbs. 4(2)
2007-05-15
Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at 6:19 PM
  • The Honourable Roméo Dallaire, Sponsor of the Bill ()
  • John McKay, M.P., Sponsor of the Bill in the House of Commons ()
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 4:11 PM
  • Jan Bauer, Member (Foreign Affairs Committee, Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic)
  • Michel Gigault, Head, International Youth Programs Section (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Dalila Graffova, Interpreter (Foreign Affairs Committee, Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic)
  • Chris Greenshields, Director, International Education and Youth Division (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Jan Hamácek, Chairman (Foreign Affairs Committee, Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic)
  • Zdenek Jicínský, Member (Foreign Affairs Committee, Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic)
  • Katerina Konecná, Deputy Chair (Foreign Affairs Committee, Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic)
  • Stanislava Mikšovâ, Chief Secretary; (Foreign Affairs Committee, Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic)
  • Tomas Vacek, Counsellor (Embassy of the Czech Republic)
  • His Excellency Pavel Vosalik, Ambassador (Embassy of the Czech Republic)
Bill C-48, An Act to amend the Criminal Code in order to implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption
2007-05-10
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 4:07 PM
  • Raymond Baker, Author of Capitalism's Achilles Heel: Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free-Market System (As an individual)
  • Bill McCloskey, Incoming Board Member (Transparency International)
Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 7:26 PM
  • The Honourable Robert Nicholson, M.P., P.C., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada ()
  • Keith Morrill, Director, Criminal, Security and Treaty Law Division (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Study on the effectiveness of Canada’s promotion of democratic development abroad; the role of the Parliament of Canada in this context
2007-02-13
Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 7:05 PM
Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 4:00 PM
  • Leslie Campbell, Senior Associate and Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa Programs (National Democratic Institute (Videoconference))
  • David Donovan, Research Director (As an individual)
Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 5:59 PM
  • Vidar Helgesen, Secretary-General (International IDEA)
Bill C-24, An Act to impose a charge on the export of certain softwood lumber products to the United States and a charge on refunds of certain duty deposits paid to the United States, to authorize certain payments, to amend the Export and Import Permits Act and to amend other Acts as a consequence
2006-12-13
Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 2:35 PM
  • The Honourable David Emerson, C.P. M.P., Minister of International Trade ()
  • The Honourable Helena Guergis, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade ()
  • John C. Clifford, Counsel, Trade Law Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Stephen de Boer, Director, Softwood Lumber (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Carl Hartill, Deputy Director, Softwood Lumber (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Andrea Lyon, Chief Trade Negotiator (North America) (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Michael Solursh, Counsel, Trade Law Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Bill C-24, An Act to impose a charge on the export of certain softwood lumber products to the United States and a charge on refunds of certain duty deposits paid to the United States, to authorize certain payments, to amend the Export and Import Permits Act and to amend other Acts as a consequence
2006-12-13
Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 2:35 PM
  • The Honourable David Emerson, C.P. M.P., Minister of International Trade ()
  • The Honourable Helena Guergis, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade ()
  • John C. Clifford, Counsel, Trade Law Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Stephen de Boer, Director, Softwood Lumber (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Carl Hartill, Deputy Director, Softwood Lumber (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Andrea Lyon, Chief Trade Negotiator (North America) (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Michael Solursh, Counsel, Trade Law Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Examine and report on the evacuation of Canadian citizens from Lebanon in July 2006
2006-10-24
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 4:07 PM
  • Raymond Baker, Author of Capitalism's Achilles Heel: Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free-Market System (As an individual)
  • Bill McCloskey, Incoming Board Member (Transparency International)
Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 5:00 PM
Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 7:05 PM
Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 5:59 PM
  • Vidar Helgesen, Secretary-General (International IDEA)
Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 5:22 PM
  • Susan Ormiston, CBC Correspondant (As an individual)
Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at 4:05 PM
  • Peter Boehm, Assistant Deputy Minister, North America (and Consular Affairs) (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Robert Desjardins, Director General, Consular Affairs Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Major-General J.P.Y.D. Gosselin, Director General, International Security Policy (National Defence)
  • Daniel Jean, Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Brigadier-General J.Y.R.A Viens, Director General, Plans, Strategic Joint Staff (National Defence)
Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 4:15 PM
  • The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs (As an Individual)
  • Peter Boehm, Assistant Deputy Minister, North America (and Consular Affairs) (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Robert Desjardins, Director General, Consular Affairs Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at 5:00 PM
International business policy (including bilateral and multilateral trade relations, softwood lumber agreement and others)
2006-06-28
Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 6:06 PM
  • Danielle Goldfarb, Principal Research Associate (Conference Board of Canada)
Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at 4:08 PM
  • John Curtis, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) (As an individual)
  • Michael Hart, Simon Reisman Chair in Trade Policy, Carleton University (As an individual)
  • Stephen S. Poloz, Senior Vice-President Corporate Affairs and Chief Economist (Export Development Canada)
Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 5:07 PM
  • Peter Clark, President (Grey, Clark, Shih and Associates)
  • Stephen de Boer, Director, Softwood Lumber (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Carl Grenier, Executive Vice President (Free Trade Lumber Council of Canada (by videoconference))
  • Andrea Lyon, Chief Trade Negotiator (North America) (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Suzanne McKellips, Director General, Export and Import Controls Division (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 5:05 PM
Wednesday, November 22, 2006 at 4:08 PM
  • Richard Harris, Professor of Economics, Simon Fraser University ()
  • John Helliwell, Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of British Columbia (As an individual)
Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 5:00 PM
  • The Honourable David Emerson, C.P. M.P., Minister of International Trade ()
  • Marc Busch, Karl F. Landegger Professor of International Business Diplomacy, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (by videoconference) ()
  • Hugh Cheetham, Senior Counsel and Deputy Director, Trade Law Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Andrea Lyon, Chief Trade Negotiator (North America) (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Gordon Ritchie, Chairman of Public Affairs, Hill and Knowlton (As an individual)
  • Paul Robertson, Director General, North America Trade Policy (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Michael Solursh, Counsel, Trade Law Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Tuesday, November 7, 2006 at 5:25 PM
  • Carl Grenier, Executive Vice President (Free Trade Lumber Council of Canada)
  • Lawrence Herman, Lawyer, Cassels Brock (As an individual)
  • Jon Johnson, Counsel, Goodmans (As an individual)
Examine such issues as may arise from time to time relating to foreign relations generally
2006-05-09
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 4:11 PM
  • Jan Bauer, Member (Foreign Affairs Committee, Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic)
  • Michel Gigault, Head, International Youth Programs Section (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Dalila Graffova, Interpreter (Foreign Affairs Committee, Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic)
  • Chris Greenshields, Director, International Education and Youth Division (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Jan Hamácek, Chairman (Foreign Affairs Committee, Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic)
  • Zdenek Jicínský, Member (Foreign Affairs Committee, Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic)
  • Katerina Konecná, Deputy Chair (Foreign Affairs Committee, Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic)
  • Stanislava Mikšovâ, Chief Secretary; (Foreign Affairs Committee, Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic)
  • Tomas Vacek, Counsellor (Embassy of the Czech Republic)
  • His Excellency Pavel Vosalik, Ambassador (Embassy of the Czech Republic)
Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 7:05 PM
Tuesday, February 27, 2007 at 5:05 PM
  • Christopher Alexander, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for Afghanistan (United Nations)
  • James Appathurai, Spokesperson (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation)
Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 6:00 PM
  • Mario Fehr, M.P., Switzerland (EFTA Parliamentary Committee)
  • Svein Roald Hansen, M.P., Norway, Deputy Head of Delegation (EFTA Parliamentary Committee)
  • Franz J. Heeb, M.P., Liechtenstein (EFTA Parliamentary Committee)
  • Andri Lúthersson, Secretary to the Committee (EFTA Parliamentary Committee)
  • Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, M.P., Iceland, Head of Delegation (EFTA Parliamentary Committee)
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