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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.

2019 Date Audio/Video
Speaker’s Ruling - Question of Privilege – Access to a Senator’s Emails June 20, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order on Unparliamentary Language and Social Media June 13, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order on Unparliamentary Language June 13, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order on Amendment to Motion to Establish Special Committee May 30, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order on Unparliamentary Language May 27, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order on Unparliamentary Language May 27, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Question of Privilege – Bill C-262 May 27, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Language used in Social Media May 16, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order on the Relevance of Debate May 9, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order on the Relevance of Debate May 9, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order on Unparliamentary Language May 7, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Participation in Debate May 2, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Question of Privilege – Leak of Agreement May 2, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Message from the House of Commons April 11, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Further Consideration of Question of Privilege April 10, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order on Speaking Times April 4, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Motion 470 April 4, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order on Amendment to Motion 435 April 4, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Christchurch Mosque Attacks March 18, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Senate of Canada Building February 19, 2019 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
2018 Date Audio
Speaker's Ruling - Question of Privilege – Parliamentary Association November 8, 2018 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Tornadoes in the National Capital Region September 25, 2018 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Speaking after defeat of adjournment motion April 26, 2018 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Attack in Toronto April 24, 2018 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Humboldt Broncos Bus Tragedy April 17, 2018 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker's Ruling - Question of Privilege – Motion 302 March 22, 2018 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker's Ruling - Question of Privilege – Communication with the Media March 1, 2018 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Use of Props February 15, 2018 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Stewart Olsen February 13, 2018 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker's Ruling - Request for Emergency Debate February 6, 2018 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Proceedings of Tuesday, January 30, 2018 January 31, 2018 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
2017 Date Audio
Speaker's Ruling - Question of Privilege – Impeding Senators from performing their work November 1, 2017 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Debate After Defeat of Motion to Adjourn Debate September 26, 2017 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker's Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Duffy June 20, 2017 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Harder on Instruction to Divide Bill C-44 June 15, 2017 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Jaffer June 15, 2017 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Congratulations to the Mace Bearer on her retirement May 31, 2017 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Cools May 30, 2017 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Question Period May 11, 2017 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker's Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Lankin on amendment to Bill C-6 April 13, 2017 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Parchment Error (Bill C-22) April 13, 2017 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker's Statement - Attack on the Parliament of the United Kingdom March 28, 2017 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker's Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Plett on Unparliamentary Language February 16, 2017 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Quebec City Mosque Attack January 31, 2017 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
2016 Date Audio
Speaker's Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Harder on amendment to Bill C-2 November 29, 2016 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Bellemare on Unparliamentary Language November 15, 2016 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker's Statement - Restoration of Black Rod October 18, 2016 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker's Ruling - Question of Privilege - Political Affiliation in the Senate of Canada June 22, 2016 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Harder on the receivability of an amendment June 17, 2016 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Lang on the quoting of in camera transcripts June 16, 2016 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Runciman on the receivability of an amendment June 9, 2016 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Fraser on the receivability of an amendment June 9, 2016 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker's Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Carignan on the Government Deputy Leader and Government Whip in the Senate May 19, 2016 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Point of Order by Senator Ringuette May 18, 2016 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker's Ruling - Question of Privilege – Report of the Committee of Selection February 24, 2016 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker's Ruling - Question of Privilege – Government Leader in the Senate February 4, 2016 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Ruling - Point of Order by Senator McCoy on Requirements to amend Rules of the Senate February 4, 2016 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Centre Block Fire of 1916 February 3, 2016 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker's Ruling - Question of Privilege – Release of Report of the Auditor General January 26, 2016 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Debate on Questions of Privilege January 26, 2016 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
2015 Date Audio
Speaker’s Statement - Parchment Error (Bill C-3) December 11, 2015 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker's Ruling - Point of Order by Senator Carignan on Questions of Privilege from a Previous Session December 8, 2015 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor
Speaker’s Statement - Opening of the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session December 3, 2015 Video Image Link English Video Image Link Floor