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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 Committee Order of Reference Session  note  note
Bill C-13, An Act respecting assisted human reproduction
SOCI 2003-11-07
That the motion, together with the message from the House of Commons dated September 29, 2003, regarding Bill C-10B, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals)
LCJC 2003-11-06
Bill C-36, An Act to establish the Library and Archives of Canada, to amend the Copyright Act and to amend certain Acts in consequence
SOCI 2003-11-04
Bill C-41, An Act to amend certain Acts
LCJC 2003-10-29
Bill C-45, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (criminal liability of organizations)
LCJC 2003-10-29
Thursday, October 30, 2003 at 11:02 AM
  • Donald Piragoff, Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Officials from the Department of Justice of Canada)
  • Greg Yost, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Officials from the Department of Justice of Canada)
Bill C-50, An Act to amend the statute law in respect of benefits for veterans and the children of deceased veterans
SOCI 2003-10-29
Wednesday, November 5, 2003 at 4:12 PM
  • Colonel Linda J. Colwell, Director General, Compensation and Benefits (Department of National Defence)
  • Bryson Guptill, Director, Service and Program Modernization Task Force (Department of Veterans Affairs Canada)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Claude Rochette, Project Director, Canadian Forces, Pension Modernization Project (Department of National Defence)
  • Don Wilson, Acting Director, Program Policy Directorate (Department of Veterans Affairs Canada)
Bill C-53, An Act to change the names of certain electoral districts
LCJC 2003-10-29
Examine and report on regulations made pursuant to An Act respecting firearms and other weapons, Statutes of Canada, 1995, Chapter 39, as contemplated by section 118(3) of that Act
LCJC 2003-10-28
Wednesday, November 5, 2003 at 4:20 PM
  • Ms. Clare Beckton, Assistant Deputy Attorney General (From the Department of Justice Canada)
  • Ms. Christine Cram, Director General, Strategic Policy, Planning and Intergovernmental Relations Branch, Policy and Strategic Direction Sector (From the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)
  • Mr. Charles Pryce, Senior Counsel (From the Department of Justice Canada)
Wednesday, October 29, 2003 at 3:38 PM
  • The Honourable Wayne Easter, P.C., M.P., Solicitor General of Canada (As an Individual)
  • William V. Baker, Commissioner (Officials from the Canadian Firearms Centre)
  • Wally Butts, National Vice-President, Communications (From the National Firearms Association)
  • Wendy Cukier, President (From the Coalition for Gun Control)
  • Kathleen Roussel, Senior Counsel, Head Legal Services (Officials from the Canadian Firearms Centre)
Bill C-34, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Ethics Commissioner and Senate Ethics Officer) and other Acts in consequence
RPRD 2003-10-27
Friday, October 31, 2003 at 10:16 AM
Thursday, October 30, 2003 at 10:08 AM
  • Joseph Maingot (As an individual)
  • Robert Marleau, Former Clerk of the House of Commons (As an individual)
Wednesday, October 29, 2003 at 12:14 PM
  • Mark Audcent, Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel (From the Senate of Canada:)
Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at 9:35 AM
  • The Honourable Don Boudria, Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons ()
  • The Honourable Sharon Carstairs, P.C., Leader of the Government in the Senate ()
  • Mitch Bloom, Privy Council Officer (From the Privy Council Office:)
  • Ron Wall, Director, Parliamentary Operations (From the Privy Council Office:)
Bill C-37, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts
SOCI 2003-10-27
Wednesday, November 5, 2003 at 4:12 PM
  • Colonel Linda J. Colwell, Director General, Compensation and Benefits (Department of National Defence)
  • Bryson Guptill, Director, Service and Program Modernization Task Force (Department of Veterans Affairs Canada)
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Claude Rochette, Project Director, Canadian Forces, Pension Modernization Project (Department of National Defence)
  • Don Wilson, Acting Director, Program Policy Directorate (Department of Veterans Affairs Canada)
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