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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.

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Government response to the fourteenth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, entitled "Feast or Famine: Impacts of climate change and carbon pricing on agriculture, agri-food and forestry"
AGFO 2019-07-17
Government response to the seventeenth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, entitled "An Ocean of Misery: The Rohingya Refugee Crisis"
RIDR 2019-06-19
The subject matter of Bill C-101, An Act to amend the Customs Tariff and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act
NFFN 2019-06-18
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 1:35 PM
  • Michèle Govier, Senior Director, Trade Rules, International Trade Policy Division, International Trade and Finance (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Patrick Halley, Director General, International Trade Policy Division, International Trade and Finance (Department of Finance Canada)
  • John Layton, Executive Director, Trade Remedies and North America Trade (Global Affairs Canada)
Bill C-88, An Act to amend the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts
ENEV 2019-06-17 Show Briefs
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 5:20 PM
  • The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, P.C., M.P., Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Gilles Binda, Director, Resource Policy and Programs Directorate (Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Michel Chénier, Director, Petroleum and Mineral Resources Management Directorate (Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • James Fulford, Chief Negotiator, Offshore, Executive and Indigenous Affairs (Government of the Northwest Territories)
  • Mark Hopkins, Director General, Natural Resources and Environment Branch (Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Diane Lafleur, Associate Deputy Minister (Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • George Mackenzie, Grand Chief (Tlicho Government)
  • David MacMartin, Director, Intergovernmental Relations (Gwich'in Tribal Council)
  • Bertha Rabesca Zoe, Legal Counsel and Laws Guardian (Tlicho Government)
Bill C-93, An Act to provide no-cost, expedited record suspensions for simple possession of cannabis
LCJC 2019-06-11 Show Briefs
Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:47 PM
  • Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, Director of Research (Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty)
  • Ari Slatkoff, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Lori Anne Thomas, President (Canadian Association of Black Lawyers)
  • William Thompson, Member at Large, Criminal Justice Section (Canadian Bar Association)
Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM
  • The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Public Safety Canada)
  • Angela Arnet Connidis, Director General, Crime Prevention, Corrections and Criminal Justice Directorate (Public Safety Canada)
  • Ian Broom, Acting Director General, Policy and Operations (Parole Board of Canada)
  • Allison Davis, Manager, Criminal Justice Policy Unit (Public Safety Canada)
  • Amanda Gonzalez, Manager, Civil Fingerprint Screening Services and Legislative Conformity (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Lisa Noseworthy, Acting Director, Clemency and Record Suspensions (Parole Board of Canada)
  • Ari Slatkoff, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
Bill C-92, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families
APPA 2019-06-10 Show Briefs
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 12:02 PM
  • Suzie Bérard, Counsel, Legal Services (Canadian Heritage)
  • Isa Gros-Louis, Director General, Child and Family Services Reform (Indigenous Services Canada)
  • Hélène Laurendeau, Deputy Minister (Canadian Heritage)
  • Marcus Léonard, Social Policy Researcher, Child and Family Services Reform (Indigenous Services Canada)
  • Michelle Smith, General Cousel, Director (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Mélanie Théberge, Policy and Research Manager, Indigenous Languages Legislation, Citizenship, Heritage and Regions Sector (Canadian Heritage)
Bill C-97, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 19, 2019 and other measures
NFFN 2019-06-10 Show Briefs
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 6:51 PM
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 9:32 AM
  • Adam Brown, Chair (Canadian Alliance of Student Associations)
  • Shannon Coombs, President (Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association)
  • Sofia Descalzi, Incoming National Chairperson (Canadian Federation of Students)
  • Philippe LeBel, President (Quebec Student Union)
Bill C-84, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (bestiality and animal fighting)
SOCI 2019-05-30 Show Briefs
Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM
  • Camille Labchuk, Executive Director (Animal Justice)
  • Monique St. Germain, General Counsel (Canadian Centre for Child Protection)
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 4:15 PM
  • The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Barbara Cartwright, Chief Executive Officer (Humane Canada)
  • Dr. Alice Crook, Veterinarian and Adjunct Professor, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island (Canadian Veterinary Medical Association)
  • François Daigle, Associate Deputy Minister (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Shawn Eccles, Senior Manager, Cruelty Investigations (British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
  • Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
Bill C-91, An Act respecting Indigenous languages
APPA 2019-05-27 Show Briefs
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 12:02 PM
  • Suzie Bérard, Counsel, Legal Services (Canadian Heritage)
  • Isa Gros-Louis, Director General, Child and Family Services Reform (Indigenous Services Canada)
  • Hélène Laurendeau, Deputy Minister (Canadian Heritage)
  • Marcus Léonard, Social Policy Researcher, Child and Family Services Reform (Indigenous Services Canada)
  • Michelle Smith, General Cousel, Director (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Mélanie Théberge, Policy and Research Manager, Indigenous Languages Legislation, Citizenship, Heritage and Regions Sector (Canadian Heritage)
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 3:33 PM
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 8:02 AM
  • The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, P.C., M.P, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism (Canadian Heritage)
  • Stephen Gagnon, Federal Representative, Indigenous Languages Legislation, Citizenship, Heritage and Regions Sector (Canadian Heritage)
  • Hélène Laurendeau, Deputy Minister (Canadian Heritage)
  • Wilton Littlechild, Grand Chief, Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations (As an Individual)
  • Koren Marriott, Legal Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Ross Pattee, Assistant Deputy Minister, Implementation Sector (Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Romeo Saganash, Member of Parliament for Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou, Sponsor of the bill (As an Individual)
  • Laurie Sargent, Assistant Deputy Minister, Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio (Department of Justice Canada)
  • The Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair, Senator (As an Individual)
  • Joe Wild, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Treaties and Aboriginal Government Sector (Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada)
Bill C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
APPA 2019-05-16 Show Briefs
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 9:00 AM
  • Grand Chief Edward John, Political Executive Member (First Nations Summit)
  • Dwight Newman, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Rights in Constitutional and International Law, University of Saskatchewan (As an Individual)
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 6:46 PM
  • Mauro Barelli, Senior Lecturer, City Law School, University of London (As an Individual)
  • John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, , University of Victoria (As an Individual)
  • Paul Joffe, Legal Counsel, Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) (As an Individual)
  • Joshua Nichols, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta (As an Individual)
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 8:02 AM
  • The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, P.C., M.P, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism (Canadian Heritage)
  • Stephen Gagnon, Federal Representative, Indigenous Languages Legislation, Citizenship, Heritage and Regions Sector (Canadian Heritage)
  • Hélène Laurendeau, Deputy Minister (Canadian Heritage)
  • Wilton Littlechild, Grand Chief, Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations (As an Individual)
  • Koren Marriott, Legal Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Ross Pattee, Assistant Deputy Minister, Implementation Sector (Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Romeo Saganash, Member of Parliament for Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou, Sponsor of the bill (As an Individual)
  • Laurie Sargent, Assistant Deputy Minister, Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio (Department of Justice Canada)
  • The Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair, Senator (As an Individual)
  • Joe Wild, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Treaties and Aboriginal Government Sector (Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada)
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