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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Motion to amend the Constitution of Canada (western regional representation in the Senate)
Subject-matter of Bill S-4, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 (Senate tenure)
Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 4:25 PM
Wednesday, October 4, 2006 at 12:05 PM
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at 12:09 PM
Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 6:32 PM
  • Honourable Benoit Pelletier, Minister responsible for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs, Francophones within Canada, the Reform of Democratic Institutions and Access to Information, Gvt of Quebec ()
Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 2:00 PM
  • The Honourable Marie Bountrogianni, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal, Government of Ontario (As an Individual)
  • Stephen Allan Scott, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, McGill University (As an individual)
Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 9:01 AM
  • The Hon. Gérald-A. Beaudoin, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa and former senator (As an individual)
  • Patrick J. Monahan, Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School (As an individual)
  • Gérald R. Tremblay, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault (As an individual)
Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at 2:00 PM
  • Daniel Pellerin, Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, Colgate University (As an individual)
  • Richard Simeon, William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University (As an individual)
  • David E. Smith, Professor Emeritus, University of Saskatchewan (As an individual)
  • John Whyte, Senior Policy Fellow, Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy (As an individual)
Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at 9:00 AM
  • Gordon Gibson, Senior Fellow in Canadian Studies, Fraser Institute (As an individual)
  • Peter Hogg, Scholar in Residence, Blake, Cassels and Graydon (As an individual)
  • Peter McCormick, Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Lethbridge (As an individual)
Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 12:16 PM
  • Honourable Gary Mar, Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations, Government of Alberta (Petroleum Services Association of Canada)
  • Gerald Baier, Canadian Bicentennial Visiting Professor, The MacMillan Centre for International and Area Studies, Yale University (As an individual)
  • Roger Gibbins, President and CEO (As an individual)
  • Andrew Heard, Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Simon Fraser University (As an individual)
  • Philip Resnick, Professor, Political Science, University of British Columbia (As an individual)
Thursday, September 7, 2006 at 2:03 PM
  • The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C, M.P. Prime Minister of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Matthew King, Assistant Secretary to Cabinet, Legislation and House Planning (Privy Council Office)
  • Dan McDougall, Director of Operations, Legislation and House Planning (Privy Council Office)
  • Warren J. Newman, General Counsel, Constitutional and Administrative Law Section (Department of Justice Canada)
Wednesday, September 6, 2006 at 2:01 PM
  • Janet Ajzenstat, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, McMaster University (As an individual)
  • Roderic Beaujot, Professor, Sociology, University of Western Ontario (As an individual)
Wednesday, September 6, 2006 at 10:50 AM
  • C.E.S. (Ned) Franks, Professor Emeritus, Queen's University (As an individual)
  • Leslie Seidle, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Research on Public Policy (As an individual)
Undertake a comprehensive review of the Senate Reform or any other related matter
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