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.

Studies & Bills Order of Reference Session  note  note
Examine the time allocated to tributes in the Upper Chamber
2001-12-04
Wednesday, May 1, 2002 at 12:10 PM
Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at 12:07 PM
Bill S-34, An Act respecting royal assent to bills passed by the Houses of Parliament
2001-10-04
Tuesday, March 5, 2002 at 10:05 AM
Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 12:15 PM
  • The Honourable Senator Sharon Carstairs, P.C. (Leader of the Government in the Senate)
Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at 12:16 PM
Tuesday, November 20, 2001 at 9:35 AM
Wednesday, November 7, 2001 at 12:07 PM
  • John Aimers, Dominion Chairman (From the Monarchist League of Canada:)
  • Paul Benoit, Dominion Vice-Chairman (From the Monarchist League of Canada:)
  • Dr. David Smith, Professor, University of Saskatchewan (As an individual)
Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 12:15 PM
  • The Honourable Senator Sharon Carstairs, P.C. (Leader of the Government in the Senate)
  • Louis Davis, Senior Counsel, Constitutional and Administrative Law Section (From Justice Canada)
  • Mary E. Dawson, Q.C., Associate Deputy Minister, Constitutional Affairs (From Justice Canada)
Replacing the words "Senate Committee on Defence and Security" with the words "Senate Committee on National Security and Defence"
2001-05-31
Bill S-8, An Act to maintain the principles relating to the role of the Senate as established by the Constitution of Canada
2001-05-09
Bill S-13, An Act respecting the declaration of royal assent by the Governor General in the Queen's name to bills passed by the Houses of Parliament
2001-05-02
The matter of officially recognizing a third party, within the procedures of the Senate
2001-03-22
Examine the structure of committees in the Senate
2001-03-15
Senate Committee on Official Languages
2001-02-20
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