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
Consideration of the Question of Privilege raised by the Honourable Gerald J. Comeau respecting the consideration of draft reports in committee
2008-05-29
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 9:35 AM
  • Mark Audcent, Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel (Senate of Canada)
  • The Honourable Gerald J. Comeau, Senator (Senate of Canada)
  • The Honourable Colin Kenny, Senator (Senate of Canada)
  • Heather Lank, Principal Clerk, Committees Directorate (Senate of Canada)
Bill S-212, An Act to amend the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act
2008-04-17
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 9:35 AM
  • The Honourable Senator Raynell Andreychuk (Senate of Canada)
  • The Honorable Senator Serge Joyal, P.C., Sponsor of the bill (Senate of Canada)
The issue of developing a systematic process for the application of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as it pertains to the Senate of Canada
2008-04-16
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