Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization

Report of the committee

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization has the honour to present its

SIXTH REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate on Friday, December 11, 2015, to consider methods to make the Senate more effective within the current constitutional framework, now reports as follows:

In its first report tabled on October 4, 2016, your committee examined the process of selection of the Speaker and the Speaker pro tempore and now recommends the following:

That the Senate direct the Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament to develop a process within the Rules of the Senate by which senators may express their preference for a Speaker by nominating up to five senators as nominees for consideration by the Prime Minister to recommend to the Governor General for appointment; and

That this process takes place at the beginning of each Parliament.

That the Senate direct the Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament to recommend changes to the Rules of the Senate to permit the Speaker pro tempore to be elected by senators by secret ballot.

That the Speaker pro tempore be selected from a caucus or group that differs from that of the Speaker.

Respectfully submitted,

SCOTT TANNAS