Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization

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.

There are limited electronic records available for the period prior to the 35th Parliament. For historical information, please contact: ctm@sen.parl.gc.ca or 1-800-267-7362

Studies & Bills Date Referred  note  note
Bill S-213, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 and the Parliament of Canada Act (Speakership of the Senate)
(2016-10-06) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 12:05 PM
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 12:02 PM
  • Kate Glover, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario (As an Individual)
  • Benoît Pelletier, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 12:02 PM
  • The Honourable Dan Hays, P.C., former Speaker of the Senate (As an Individual)
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 12:01 PM
  • The Honourable Terry M. Mercer, sponsor of the bill
Consideration of methods to make the Senate more effective within the current constitutional framework
(2015-12-11) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 12:02 PM
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 12:03 PM
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 12:08 PM
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 12:03 PM
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 12:21 PM
  • Sir Paul Grice, Clerk and Chief Executive (The Scottish Parliament)
  • The Right Honourable Ken Macintosh, M.S.P., Presiding Officer (The Scottish Parliament)
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 12:01 PM
  • Roberto De Luca, Staff Lawyer, Fundamental Freedoms Program (Canadian Civil Liberties Association)
  • James B. Kelly, Professor, Political Science, Concordia University (As an Individual)
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 12:02 PM
  • Adam Dodek, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • John Whyte, Senior Policy Fellow, Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy (As an Individual)
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 12:01 PM
  • The Lord Norton of Louth (House of Lords)
  • Meg Russell, Director, Constitution Unit, Department of Political Science, University College London (As an Individual)
  • The Right Honourable The Lord Wakeham DL (House of Lords)
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 12:04 PM
  • Gary W. O'Brien, Former Clerk of the Senate (As an Individual)
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 12:03 PM
  • B. Thomas Hall (As an Individual)
  • Gary Levy, Research Fellow, Carleton University (As an Individual)
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 12:02 PM
  • The Honourable Dan Hays, P.C., former Speaker of the Senate (As an Individual)
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 12:03 PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 12:02 PM
  • Andrew Heard, Professor, Political Science Department, Simon Fraser University (As an Individual)
  • Philippe Lagassé, Associate Professor, School of International Affairs, Carleton University (As an Individual)
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM
  • The Honourable Senator Joseph A. Day, Senate Liberal Leader
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 12:01 PM
  • David Docherty, President, Mount Royal University (As an Individual)
  • Bruce Hicks, Adjunct Professor, Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, York University (As an Individual)
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 12:00 PM
  • The Honourable Senator Elaine McCoy, Facilitator, Independent Senators Group (The Senate of Canada)
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 12:04 PM
  • The Honourable Hugh Segal, former senator (As an Individual)
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 12:03 PM
  • The Honourable Senator Claude Carignan, P.C., Leader of the Opposition
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 12:04 PM
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM
  • The Honourable Senator Peter Harder, P.C., Government Representative in the Senate
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 12:02 PM
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 12:17 PM
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 12:02 PM
Monday, May 30, 2016 at 4:02 PM
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 12:03 PM
Monday, May 9, 2016 at 4:05 PM
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 12:00 PM
  • Heather Lank, Principal Clerk, Chamber Operations and Procedure Office (The Senate of Canada)
  • Charles Walker, Procedural Clerk, Chamber Operations and Procedure Office (The Senate of Canada)
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Monday, April 18, 2016 at 2:30 PM
Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11:30 AM
  • The Right Honourable the Lord Hope of Craighead, KT, Convenor of the Crossbench Peers, House of Lords of the United Kingdom (As an Individual)
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 12:00 PM
  • Donald Desserud, Professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, University of Prince Edward Island (As an Individual)
  • Errol Mendes, Professor, Faculty of Law - Common Law, , University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Stéphane Beaulac, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Montreal (As an Individual)
  • Paul Thomas, Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba (As an Individual)
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 2:50 PM
  • Meg Russell, Director, Constitution Unit, Department of Political Science, University College London (As an Individual)
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 12:02 PM
  • The Honourable Paul J. Massicotte, Senator
  • The Honourable Stephen Greene, Senator
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 11:02 AM
  • David E. Smith, Distinguished Visiting Scholar. Ryerson University (As an Individual)
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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.