Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament

Report of the committee

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament has the honour to present its

EIGHTH REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate on April 4, 2017, to propose amendments to the Rules of the Senate relating to the process for determining the membership of the Committee of Selection and the standing committees, now recommends that rule 12-1 be amended to read as follows:

Appointment of Committee of Selection

12-1. At the beginning of each session, the Senate shall appoint a Committee of Selection composed of nine Senators. The initial membership of the committee, as well as any subsequent change to the membership of the committee, shall, as nearly as practicable, be proportionate to the membership of the recognized parties and recognized parliamentary groups. Senators who are not members of such a party or group shall, for this purpose only, be treated as if they were members of a separate group. For greater certainty, the ex officio members of the committee shall not be taken into account when considering proportionality.”.

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Respectfully submitted,

JOAN FRASER

Chair