Speaker's Rulings and Statements

The Honourable George J. Furey, Q.C.

Speaker of the Senate

Rulings and Statements

The Speaker shall preserve order and decorum in the Senate. In doing so the Speaker may act without a want of order or decorum being brought to his or her attention. Furthermore, the Speaker shall be authorized to act on his or her own initiative to interrupt any debate to restore order or to enforce the Rules of the Senate. In the case of grave disorder, the Speaker may suspend the sitting of the Senate for a period not to exceed three hours.

The Speaker shall decide points of order and when so doing shall state the reasons for the decision together with references to the rule or other written authority applicable to the case.

With respect to the Conflict of Interest Code for Senators, the authority of the Speaker is limited to matters expressly incorporated into these rules.

When the Speaker has been asked to decide any question of privilege or point of order he or she shall determine when sufficient argument has been adduced to decide the matter, whereupon the Speaker shall so indicate to the Senate, and continue with the item of business which had been interrupted or proceed to the next item of business, as the case may be.

2017 Date Audio
Speaker's Ruling - Question of Privilege – Impeding Senators from performing their work November 1, 2017
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Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Harder on Instruction to Divide Bill-44 June 15, 2017
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Speaker’s Statement - Congratulations to the Mace Bearer on her retirement May 31, 2017
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Speaker's Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Lankin on amendment to Bill C-6 April 13, 2017
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Speaker's Statement - Attack on the Parliament of the United Kingdom March 28, 2017
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Speaker's Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Plett on Unparliamentary Language February 16, 2017
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Speaker’s Statement - Quebec City Mosque Attack January 31, 2017
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2016 Date Audio
Speaker's Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Harder on amendment to Bill C-2 November 29, 2016
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Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Bellemare on Unparliamentary Language November 15, 2016
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Speaker's Statement - Restoration of Black Rod October 18, 2016
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Speaker's Ruling - Question of Privilege - Political Affiliation in the Senate of Canada June 22, 2016
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Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Harder on the receivability of an amendment June 17, 2016
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Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Lang on the quoting of in camera transcripts June 16, 2016
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Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Runciman on the receivability of an amendment June 9, 2016
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Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Fraser on the receivability of an amendment June 9, 2016
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Speaker's Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Carignan on the Government Deputy Leader and Government Whip in the Senate May 19, 2016
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Speaker's Ruling - Question of Privilege – Report of the Committee of Selection February 24, 2016
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Speaker's Ruling - Question of Privilege – Government Leader in the Senate February 4, 2016
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Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order by Senator McCoy on Requirements to amend Rules of the Senate February 4, 2016
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Speaker’s Statement - Centre Block Fire of 1916 February 3, 2016
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Speaker's Ruling - Question of Privilege – Release of Report of the Auditor General January 26, 2016
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Speaker’s Statement - Debate on Questions of Privilege January 26, 2016
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2015 Date Audio
Speaker’s Statement - Parchment Error (Bill C-3) December 11, 2015
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Speaker's Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Carignan on Questions of Privilege from a Previous Session December 8, 2015
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Speaker’s Statement - Opening of the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session December 3, 2015
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