Speaker's Rulings

Speaker's Rulings

The Speaker of the Senate is vested with certain authority for the purpose of assisting the Senate in managing its agenda during the sitting. When points of order or questions of privilege are raised, either to seek clarification in relation to a proceeding or to bring to the attention of the Senate an occurrence which may have breached parliamentary privilege or demeaned the dignity of the Senate, Senators can raise the issue and present their assessment of the particular situation. Having heard sufficient arguments, the Speaker will consider them and render a decision. Rules and practices oblige the Speaker to give reasons to explain the decision. The ruling of the Speaker, however, is not necessarily final. In the event that a Senator challenges a ruling, the Senate must decide whether that ruling ought to be sustained or overturned.

Below are links to collections of past Speaker's Rulings.