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Agenda Game



06:00 AM

You have a new email Message

You had previously committed to do a radio interview with a CBC morning show, but just received an invitation via email to attend a community breakfast. Which one do you attend?

Radio Interview

You have been invited to do a radio interview for one of the stations in your province or territory.

Community Breakfast

You are invited a breakfast fundraiser for a local literacy organization.

07:00 AM

You have a newVoicemail

Your assistant just received a call from a reporter, who wants to offer you a spot on a panel tomorrow on the national news. You need time to prepare but have a number of reports and letters to review.

Panel Preparation

A CPAC reporter has asked you to appear as a panel member on one of their programs. You must allow one hour to prepare for the panel.

Review Letters

You must review three reports and 15 letters received in Monday’s mail.

08:00 AM


The Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, which you chair, will be meeting from 8 A.M. to 10 A.M. Your assistant has some questions to help you prepare!

Committee Meeting


How many Senators are there?
  • 95
  • 105
  • 120
  • 130
Which of the following statements is false? Senators must:
  • Be Canadian citizens
  • Be at least 35 years old
  • Own property in their province or territory
  • Live in the province or territory that they will represent as a senator
No bill can become law in Canada without Senate approval.
  • True
  • False
10:00 AM

You have a newVoicemail

Your colleague’s assistant just called to ask if you could replace them at an event this morning.

Youth Outreach

Your colleague has invited you to address participants of the Forum for Young Canadians in the Senate Chamber at 10:00 A.M.

Committee Meeting

As a member of the Human Rights Committee, you are slated to speak on a public panel on human rights in Africa from 10:00A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

11:00 AM


The Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament, on which you sit, has scheduled a meeting from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.. It’s time to prepare your notes. Get ready to answer some questions to help you with your preparations!

Committee Meeting


Which of the following statements is false:
  • Senate committees can meet while the Senate is sitting.
  • Senate committees carefully examine bills, which are proposed laws.
  • Senate committees meet with over 1000 people annually.
  • Senate committees investigate important issues, including children's rights, literacy, poverty and terrorism.
Parliamentary committees can call witnesses, much like courts can.
  • True
  • False
Parliamentary Committees are made up of:
  • Government Members
  • Opposition Members
  • Independent Members
  • All of the above
12:00 PM

You have a new Email

A constituent has sent you an urgent e-mail asking for help, but you’re about to speak in the Chamber.

Help Resident

A resident of your province or territory has urgently asked for your help in obtaining information about the status of a visitor visa for his mother who lives overseas.

Table a Report

You are to table a report in the Chamber concerning the inter-parliamentary delegation that visited Japan.

01:00 PM

a Petition

Residents of your province or territory have signed a petition on an important issue and asked that you present it in the Senate. First, you need to answer some questions to make sure you’re ready!

Present a Petition


A public petition is a formal request made to Parliament by Canadian citizens or residents.
  • True
  • False
Petitions can be presented in the:
  • Senate
  • House of Commons
  • Either chamber
In one form or another, petitions have been used for hundreds of years.
  • True
  • False
02:00 PM

Urgentphone call

You represent a region an hour’s flight from Ottawa and your daughter is playing in a basketball championship tonight. The game is at 5:00 P.M., however you have received a number of requests to stay in Ottawa. Your decision right now will affect the rest of your day. Do you:

Travel to Your Region

Remain in Ottawa

02:00 PM

You have a new E-mail

You have work to do, even though you’re in transit. Your assistant has helpfully sent you a draft version of a speech, as well as a number of reports and e-mails to review.

TRAVEL + Prepare Speech

You must prepare your speech for the second reading of a bill which is of particular interest to you.

TRAVEL + Read E-mails

Your staff has prepared 40 responses to letters and phone calls from Canadians and they need your signature.

05:00 PM

You have a newe-mail

You said you would be home for your daughter’s basketball game, but a member of your community just e-mailed you, asking for urgent help in obtaining a passport.

Help Community Member

A constituent has asked for your assistance in obtaining a passport.

Basketball Game

Your daughter is playing in a basketball championship at 5:00 P.M.

07:00 PM

You have a newText Message

You had already accepted to cut the ribbon at the opening of a new museum, but just received a meeting invite from a representative of a cattle ranchers’ organization.

Meeting with Ranchers

A representative from a cattle ranchers’ organization requests a meeting with you to discuss the plight of ranchers affected by border crossings.

Museum Opening

A new museum is opening in your home town today. You had already agreed to come and cut the ribbon.

02:00 PM

Remain in

As you must remain in the chamber, you need to be ready to participate in the debates. Can you answer these questions?

Remain in Chamber


Who is responsible for ensuring that all of the rules are followed in the chamber?
  • The Usher of the Black Rod
  • The Speaker of the Senate
  • The Leader of the Government in the Senate
  • The Clerk
Senators are permitted to speak directly to each other.
  • True
  • False
03:00 PM

You have a newphone call

You had previously committed to attend a reception, but your assistant just called and your regional caucus chair is in town.

Senator-Page Reception

A Senate page from your region has invited you to attend a Senator-Page reception in the Speaker’s Salon from 3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Plan Fund-raiser

The regional caucus chair is in town for 24 hours and would like to meet you to discuss a fund-raiser for next month.

04:00 PM

You have a newPhone call

You had previously committed to attend a ceremony, but your assistant just called and one of your colleagues is retiring from public life.

Reception for Retiring Senator

You are asked to attend a reception in Ottawa at the Chateau Laurier honoring a Senator who has served in Parliament for 25 years.

Ceremony at Rideau Hall

You must attend the ceremony for a resident of your province or territory who is being decorated with the Medal of Bravery at Rideau Hall.

05:00 PM

You have a newe-mail

You were set to attend a reception for the Terry Fox Foundation, but your assistant just alerted you to an invitation for a national youth conference.

Terry Fox Reception

You are invited to the Terry Fox Reception in Ottawa at 5:00 P.M.

National Youth Conference

You have been invited to a dinner at the Canadian Museum of History for a national youth conference from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. One of the delegates is from your region.

07:00 PM

You have a newtext-message

You are to attend the Human Rights committee meeting, but your colleague just sent you a message asking if you can replace them at the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Senate Committee

A meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights, on which you sit, has been scheduled at the last minute from 7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

RANDOM EVENT: Senate Committee

You need to act as a substitute for another Senator on the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs at 7:00 P.M.

10:00 PM


You have completed a “day in the life” of a parliamentarian!

Share your results.


Begin your day!

As your day progresses you may need to make choices about how you spend your time. It requires some thought and decision-making to manage your busy agenda.


You got them all