Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament

Studies & Bills

Information prior to the 40th Parliament is from notices of meetings. For the official record, please refer to the related minutes and transcripts.

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Studies & Bills Date Referred  note  note
Develop and propose amendments to the Rules of the Senate to establish the Standing Committee on Audit and Oversight
(2018-03-27)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 9:33 AM
  • The Honourable Senator David M. Wells
Process for determining the composition of the Committee of Selection and the composition of each standing committee
(2017-04-04)
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 9:30 AM
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 9:34 AM
Develop and propose amendments to the Rules of the Senate relating to omnibus bills
(2017-02-16)
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 9:33 AM
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 9:34 AM
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:32 AM
Develop and propose amendments to the Rules of the Senate relating to the use of the Order Paper and Notice Paper, particularly in relation to so-called “stood” items
(2017-02-09)
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 9:34 AM
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:32 AM
Pursuant to rule 12-7(2)(a), consideration of amendments to the Rules of the Senate
(2016-12-13)
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 9:56 AM
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 9:34 AM
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 9:33 AM
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 9:30 AM
Examine and propose amendments to the Rules of the Senate to allow and facilitate broadcasting of Senate proceedings
(2016-12-06)
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 9:30 AM
Case of privilege relating to the leaks of the Auditor General’s report on the audit of the Senate
(2016-03-09)
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 9:33 AM
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 9:32 AM
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 9:32 AM
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:33 AM
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 9:30 AM
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 9:32 AM
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 9:32 AM
  • The Honourable Senator Serge Joyal, P.C., Senator
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 9:35 AM
  • Gilles Duguay, Director General, Parliamentary Precinct Services (The Senate of Canada)
  • Mike McDonald, Director, Corporate Security (The Senate of Canada)
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 9:31 AM
  • Michael Ferguson, Auditor General of Canada (Office of the Auditor General of Canada)
  • Susan Gomez, Director (Office of the Auditor General of Canada)
  • Clyde MacLellan, Assistant Auditor General of Canada (Office of the Auditor General of Canada)
  • Jean-Charles Parisé, Principal (Office of the Auditor General of Canada)
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 9:36 AM
  • The Honourable Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette, P.C.
Pursuant to rule 12-7(2)(c), consideration of the orders and practices of the Senate and the privileges of Parliament
(2015-12-10)
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 9:36 AM
  • The Honourable Ian Binnie
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 9:32 AM
  • The Honourable Dan Hays, P.C., former Speaker of the Senate (As an Individual)
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 9:30 AM
  • Richard Gordon, Barrister, Brick Court Chambers (As an Individual)
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 9:34 AM
  • Maxime St-Hilaire, Professor, Université de Sherbrooke, Université de Sherbrooke (As an Individual)
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 9:56 AM
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 9:31 AM
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 9:34 AM
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 9:33 AM
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 9:34 AM
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 9:33 AM
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 9:33 AM
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 9:32 AM
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 9:34 AM
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 6:46 PM
  • The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., M.P., Leader of the Government (House of Commons)
  • The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P., Minister (Democratic Institutions)
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Orders of Reference

A committee’s order of reference is the Order of the Senate that authorizes it to examine a bill or to undertake a special study. Most committees require an order of reference before they can undertake such work. Three standing committees do, however, have permanent orders of reference, allowing them to undertake their work without waiting for a specific order of reference. These are the Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament (responsible for proposing amendments to the rules of the Senate, examining questions of privilege and consideration of the orders and customs of the Senate and privileges of Parliament), the Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration (responsible for the financial and administrative matters relating to the internal management of the Senate) and the Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators.