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?
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.
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!
How many Senators are there?
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.
You have a newVoicemail
Your colleague’s assistant just called to ask if you could replace them at an event this morning.
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!
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.
Parliamentary Committees are made up of:
- Government Members
- Opposition Members
- Independent Members
- All of the above
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.
Table a Report
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.
Petitions can be presented in the:
- House of Commons
- Either chamber
In one form or another, petitions have been used for hundreds of years.
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
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
TRAVEL + Read E-mails
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
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
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.
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.
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
Ceremony at Rideau Hall
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
National Youth Conference
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.
RANDOM EVENT: Senate Committee
You have completed a “day in the life” of a parliamentarian!
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
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Your schedule has just changed. You'll need to review the conflicting events and make a decision.