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About the Committee
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.
The Senate adopted the following motion on November 25, 1999:
That the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology be authorized to examine and report upon developments since the tabling in June 1995 of the final report of the Special Senate Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, entitled: "Of Life and Death." In particular, the Committee shall be authorized to examine:
1. The progress on the implementation of the unanimous recommendations made in the report;
2. Developments in Canada respecting the issues dealt with in the report;
3. Developments in foreign jurisdictions respecting the issues dealt with in the report; and
That the Committee submit its final report no later than June 6, 2000.
On November 29, 1999, the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology established a Subcommittee to update "Of Life and Death" to which it referred the above Order of Reference.