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Studies & Bills

Information prior to the 40th Parliament is from notices of meetings. For the official record, please refer to the related minutes and transcripts.

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Bill C-93, An Act to provide no-cost, expedited record suspensions for simple possession of cannabis
(2019-06-11) Show Briefs
Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:47 PM
  • Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, Director of Research (Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty)
  • Ari Slatkoff, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Lori Anne Thomas, President (Canadian Association of Black Lawyers)
  • William Thompson, Member at Large, Criminal Justice Section (Canadian Bar Association)
Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM
  • The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Public Safety Canada)
  • Angela Arnet Connidis, Director General, Crime Prevention, Corrections and Criminal Justice Directorate (Public Safety Canada)
  • Ian Broom, Acting Director General, Policy and Operations (Parole Board of Canada)
  • Allison Davis, Manager, Criminal Justice Policy Unit (Public Safety Canada)
  • Amanda Gonzalez, Manager, Civil Fingerprint Screening Services and Legislative Conformity (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Lisa Noseworthy, Acting Director, Clemency and Record Suspensions (Parole Board of Canada)
  • Ari Slatkoff, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
The subject matter of those elements contained in Division 17 of Part 4, and in Subdivisions B, C and D of Division 2 of Part 4 of Bill C-97, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 19, 2019 and other measures
(2019-05-02) Show Briefs
Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 2:06 PM
  • Luc Beaudry, Assistant Director, Collaboration, Development and Research (Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada)
  • André Baril, Senior Director, Refugee Affairs (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Adèle Berthiaume, Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Superintendent Mark Flynn, Director General, Financial Crime and Cybercrime, Federal Policing Criminal Operations (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Dan Lambert, Assistant Director, Intelligence Sector (Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada)
  • Joane Leroux, Assistant Director, Regional Operations (Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada)
  • Paul Saint-Denis, Senior Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Assistant Commissioner Eric Slinn, Federal Policing Criminal Operations (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Fraser Valentine, Director General, Refugee Affairs (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 1:32 PM
  • The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Nathalie G. Drouin, Deputy Minister (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Isabelle Jacques, Assistant Deputy Minister (Department of Finance Canada)
Bill C-78, An Act to amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act
(2019-04-11) Show Briefs
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 4:19 PM
Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 10:33 AM
  • Suki Beavers, Project Director (National Association of Women and the Law)
  • John-Paul E. Boyd, Principal, John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers (As an Individual)
  • Glenn Cheriton, President (Canadian Equal Parenting Council)
  • Brian Ludmer, Advisory Counsel (Canadian Association for Equality)
  • Manon Monastesse, Director General (Fédération des maisons d'hébergement pour femmes)
  • Mathilde Trou, Co-responsible for political issues, Communications Officer (Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale)
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 2:33 PM
  • The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Nicholas Bala, Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University (Ontario Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts)
  • Serge Bernier, Vice President (Chambre des notaires du Québec)
  • François Daigle, Associate Deputy Minister (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Melanie Del Rizzo, Chair, Family Law Section (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Antoine Fafard, Notary, Legal Services and Institutional Relations (Chambre des notaires du Québec)
  • Claire Farid, Senior Counsel and Manager (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Gaylene Schellenberg, Lawyer, Advocacy (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Valérie Laberge, Member of the Family Law Committee (Barreau du Québec)
  • Nicolas Le Grand Alary, Lawyer, Secretariat of the Order and Legal Affairs (Barreau du Québec)
  • Elissa Lieff, Senior General Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Linda C. Neilson, Professor Emerita, University of New Brunswick, University of New Brunswick (As an Individual)
  • Andina Van Isschot, Acting Senior Counsel and Coordinator (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Laurie Wright, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister (Department of Justice Canada)
Bill C-75, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to other Acts
(2019-04-04) Show Briefs
Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 10:31 AM
  • Shannon Davis-Ermuth, Senior Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 4:16 PM
  • Shannon Davis-Ermuth, Senior Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Matthias Villetorte, Senior Counsel and Team Lead (Department of Justice Canada)
Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 10:35 AM
  • Paulette Corriveau, Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Shannon Davis-Ermuth, Senior Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Matthias Villetorte, Senior Counsel and Team Lead (Department of Justice Canada)
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 3:17 PM
  • Shannon Davis-Ermuth, Senior Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 10:32 AM
  • Julia Beazley, Director, Public Policy (Evangelical Fellowship of Canada)
  • David A. Bird, Retired Counsel, Department of Justice Canada (As an Individual)
  • Katherine Hensel, Barrister and Solicitor (Indigenous Bar Association)
  • Michael A. Johnston, Barrister-at-Law (Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa)
  • Nicolas Le Grand Alary, Lawyer, Secretariat of the Order and Legal Affairs (Barreau du Québec)
  • Pascal Lévesque, Chair of the Committee on Criminal Law (Barreau du Québec)
  • Fady Mansour, Criminal Lawyer (As an Individual)
  • Brian R. Pfefferle, Defence Counsel (As an Individual)
  • Jonathan Rudin, Program Director (Aboriginal Legal Services)
  • Joëlle Safadi, Psychosocial Coordinator, MOBILIS Project (Service de Police de Longueuil)
  • Elizabeth Sheehy, Professor Emerita of Law, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Don Stuart, Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen's University (As an Individual)
  • Ghyslain Vallières, Prevention Police Officer, MOBILIS Project (Service de Police de Longueuil)
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 3:20 PM
  • Marion Buller, Chief Commissioner (National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls)
  • The Honourable Senator Dan Christmas, Co-Chair (All-Party Parliamentary Group to End Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking)
  • Heidi Illingworth, Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime)
  • Hilla Kerner, Collective Member (Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter)
  • Naomi Moses, Lawyer (Pivot Legal Society)
  • Qajaq Robinson, Commissioner (National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls)
  • Nancy Roy, General Manager (Association of Families of Persons Assassinated or Disappeared)
  • Annie Saint-Onge (As an Individual)
  • Bruno Serre, President (Association of Families of Persons Assassinated or Disappeared)
  • Caitlin Shane, Staff Lawyer (Pivot Legal Society)
  • Arnold Viersen, Member of Parliament, Co-Chair (All-Party Parliamentary Group to End Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking)
  • Karen Wiebe, Executive Director (Manitoba Organization for Victims Assistance)
Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 10:33 AM
  • Daniel Brown, Vice President (Criminal Lawyers Association)
  • Morgan Cooper, Vice President (Federation of Law Societies of Canada)
  • Annamaria Enenajor, Committee Member (Criminal Lawyers Association)
  • Rachel Huntsman, Legal Counsel (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police)
  • Will Morrison, Strategic Policy Counsel, Policy Division (Law Society of Ontario)
  • Tony Paisana, Legislative and Law Reform Coordinator (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Tom Stamatakis, President (Canadian Police Association)
  • William Trudell, Chair (Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers)
  • Dale Weidman, Inspector (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police)
  • Sheena Weir, Executive Director, External Relations and Communications (Law Society of Ontario)
  • Frederica Wilson, Executive Director, Policy and Public Affairs and Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Federation of Law Societies of Canada)
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 3:32 PM
  • The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Don Beardall, General Counsel (Public Prosecution Service of Canada)
  • Paulette Corriveau, Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • François Daigle, Associate Deputy Minister (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Shannon Davis-Ermuth, Senior Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Matthias Villetorte, Senior Counsel and Team Lead (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Laurie Wright, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister (Department of Justice Canada)
Bill S-251, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (independence of the judiciary) and to make related amendments
(2018-11-27) Show Briefs
Bill C-377, An Act to change the name of the electoral district of Châteauguay—Lacolle
(2018-11-22)
Bill C-76, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and other Acts and to make certain consequential amendments
(2018-11-07) Show Briefs
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 4:24 PM
Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 10:37 AM
  • Michele Austin, Head Government, Public Policy and Philanthropy (Canada) (Twitter)
  • David Frum, Staff Writer, The Atlantic (As an Individual)
  • Rafael Jacob, Postdoctoral Researcher, Raoul Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies (As an Individual)
  • Jason J. Kee, Public Policy and Government Relations Counsel (Google Canada)
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 4:01 PM
  • Patrick Clow, Director, Incident Management and Operational Coordination (Communications Security Establishment)
  • Scott Jones, Head, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (Communications Security Establishment)
  • Anne Lawson, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Regulatory Affairs (Office of the Chief Electoral Officer)
  • Ian Lee, Associate Professor, Carleton University (As an Individual)
  • Stéphane Perrault, Chief Electoral Officer (Office of the Chief Electoral Officer)
Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 10:32 AM
  • Marc Chénier, General Counsel and Senior Director, Legal Services (Office of the Commissioner of Canada Elections)
  • Yves Côté, Q.C., Commissioner of Canada Elections (Office of the Commissioner of Canada Elections)
  • Jean-François Morin, Senior Policy Advisor, Democratic Institutions Secretariat (Privy Council Office)
  • Manon Paquet, Senior Policy Advisor, Democratic Institutions Secretariat (Privy Council Office)
  • Jeff Richstone, Senior General Counsel and Director General, Regulatory and Economic Prosecutions (Public Prosecution Service of Canada)
  • Mark Scrivens, Senior Counsel, Policy Sector, Policy Implementation Directorate (Department of Justice Canada)
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 4:24 PM
  • The Honourable Karina Gould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Democratic Institutions (Democratic Institutions)
  • Karl Delwaide, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l. (As an Individual)
  • Michel W. Drapeau, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Michael A. Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Jean-François Morin, Senior Policy Advisor, Democratic Institutions Secretariat (Privy Council Office)
  • Manon Paquet, Senior Policy Advisor, Democratic Institutions Secretariat (Privy Council Office)
The subject matter of those elements contained in Division 20 of Part 4 of Bill C-86, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures
(2018-11-07) Show Briefs
Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 10:32 AM
  • Marc Chénier, General Counsel and Senior Director, Legal Services (Office of the Commissioner of Canada Elections)
  • Yves Côté, Q.C., Commissioner of Canada Elections (Office of the Commissioner of Canada Elections)
  • Jean-François Morin, Senior Policy Advisor, Democratic Institutions Secretariat (Privy Council Office)
  • Manon Paquet, Senior Policy Advisor, Democratic Institutions Secretariat (Privy Council Office)
  • Jeff Richstone, Senior General Counsel and Director General, Regulatory and Economic Prosecutions (Public Prosecution Service of Canada)
  • Mark Scrivens, Senior Counsel, Policy Sector, Policy Implementation Directorate (Department of Justice Canada)
Bill C-58, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts
(2018-06-06) Show Briefs
Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 10:31 AM
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 3:16 PM
  • Ruth Naylor, Executive Director, Information and Privacy Policy Division (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Mary Rassi, Democratic Institutions (Privy Council Office)
  • Jacqueline Strandberg, Counsel, Legal Services (Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada)
Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 10:36 AM
  • Sarah Geh, Director and General Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Ruth Naylor, Executive Director, Information and Privacy Policy Division (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Mary Rassi, Democratic Institutions (Privy Council Office)
  • Jacqueline Strandberg, Counsel, Legal Services (Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada)
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 3:18 PM
  • Allison Knight, Senior Director of Investigations (Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada)
  • Caroline Maynard, Information Commissioner of Canada (Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada)
  • Marie-Josée Montreuil, Senior Counsel (Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada)
  • Ruth Naylor, Executive Director, Information and Privacy Policy Division (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Jacqueline Strandberg, Counsel, Legal Services (Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada)
Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 10:32 AM
  • Sarah Geh, Director and General Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Ruth Naylor, Executive Director, Information and Privacy Policy Division (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 4:25 PM
  • Ruth Naylor, Executive Director, Information and Privacy Policy Division (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:35 AM
  • Hélène Aubé, Analyst/Advisor, Information and Privacy Policy Division (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Michel Bédard, Deputy Law Clerk and Parliamentary Council (interim), Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel (Senate of Canada)
  • Ruth Naylor, Executive Director, Information and Privacy Policy Division (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 4:18 PM
  • The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Nancy Othmer, Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Law and Legislative Services Sector (Department of Justice Canada)
Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 10:32 AM
  • Michel Bédard, Deputy Law Clerk and Parliamentary Council (interim), Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel (Senate of Canada)
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 4:19 PM
  • Karen Eltis, Full Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Trevor C.W. Farrow, Professor and Associate Dean (Academic), Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (As an Individual)
Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 10:39 AM
  • Simon Cardinal, Director General, Corporate Secretariat (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Ron Kruzeniski, Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner (Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner)
  • Michael Olsen, Director General, Corporate Affairs (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 4:24 PM
  • The Honourable Karina Gould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Democratic Institutions (Democratic Institutions)
  • Karl Delwaide, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l. (As an Individual)
  • Michel W. Drapeau, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Michael A. Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Jean-François Morin, Senior Policy Advisor, Democratic Institutions Secretariat (Privy Council Office)
  • Manon Paquet, Senior Policy Advisor, Democratic Institutions Secretariat (Privy Council Office)
Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 10:36 AM
  • The Honourable Senator Renée Dupuis, Senator
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 4:37 PM
  • Marc A. Giroux, Commissioner (Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs)
Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 10:33 AM
  • Peter Di Gangi, Director, Policy and Research, Algonquin Nation Secretariat (National Claims Research Directors)
  • Ryder Gilliland, Counsel (Canadian Civil Liberties Association)
  • Bruce McIvor, Member at Large (Indigenous Bar Association)
  • Marlene Poitras, Regional Chief for Alberta (Assembly of First Nations)
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 4:20 PM
  • Pierre Bienvenu, Senior Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada (Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association)
  • Monique Dumont, Consultant, Access to Information Expert (Quebec Federation of Professional Journalists)
  • Stéphane Giroux, President (Quebec Federation of Professional Journalists)
  • Karyn Pugliese, National Director (Canadian Association of Journalists)
  • Norman Sabourin, Executive Director and Senior General Counsel (Canadian Judicial Council)
  • Philip Tunley, President (Canadian Journalists for Free Expression)
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 4:16 PM
  • Antoine Aylwin, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l. (As an Individual)
  • Marc-André Boucher, Associate, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l. (As an Individual)
  • J. Alexis Kerr, Vice-Chair, Privacy and Access to Information Law Section (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Darcia Senft, Chair, Ethics Committee (Canadian Bar Association)
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10:34 AM
  • The Honourable Karina Gould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Democratic Institutions (Democratic Institutions)
  • Julia Barss, General Counsel and Head of Legal Services (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
  • Sue Lajoie, Executive Director, Compliance, Intake and Resolution Directorate (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
  • Riri Shen, Director of Operations (Privy Council Office)
  • Daniel Therrien, Privacy Commissioner of Canada (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 4:18 PM
  • Allison Knight, Senior Director of Investigations (Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada)
  • Caroline Maynard, Information Commissioner of Canada (Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada)
  • Jacqueline Strandberg, Manager of Policy and Parliamentary Affairs (Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada)
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 4:18 PM
  • The Honourable Scott Brison, P.C., M.P. (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Francis Bilodeau, Assistant Deputy Minister, Digital Policy and Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Ruth Naylor, Executive Director, Information and Privacy Policy Division (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
Bill S-239, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (eliminating foreign funding)
(2018-06-05)
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Orders of Reference

A committee’s order of reference is the Order of the Senate that authorizes it to examine a bill or to undertake a special study. Most committees require an order of reference before they can undertake such work. Three standing committees do, however, have permanent orders of reference, allowing them to undertake their work without waiting for a specific order of reference. These are the Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament (responsible for proposing amendments to the rules of the Senate, examining questions of privilege and consideration of the orders and customs of the Senate and privileges of Parliament), the Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration (responsible for the financial and administrative matters relating to the internal management of the Senate) and the Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators.