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Daily Order of Business (Senate)

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Appointments

Appointments

In addition to working in the Chamber, in Committees or with their Caucus, Senators need time for public and media engagements, meetings, association work and research.

*Please note that appointment times may vary from those shown.

Caucus

Caucus

Daily House business does not begin until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays so that Members can attend a meeting of their respective political parties in the mornings. In these caucus meetings, Senators and MPs who belong to the same political party meet to discuss policy and the parliamentary agenda. Caucuses are closed meetings and there are rules of secrecy.

Committees

Committees

Senate committees have three main functions: to study proposed legislation in detail, to investigate policy matters and to examine the Government's spending proposals, called the Estimates. At the end of an investigation, a committee report is presented to the full Senate. There are two basic types of Senate committees:

  • standing committees, permanent committees that correspond broadly with areas of public policy and legislation, and
     
  • special committees, temporary committees that focus on particular areas of study assigned to them by the Senate.
Daily Routine of Business

Daily Routine of Business

Just as in the House, work in the Senate Chamber includes: considering bills, tabling documents and reports, presenting petitions, etc. There is even a daily Question Period. However, unlike in the House, no item is accorded a specific time.

Additional Sittings

Additional Sittings

If the volume of business demands, the Senate sits on Mondays at 2:00 p.m. and Fridays at 9:00 a.m.

Travel Time

Travel Time

Travel time give Senators the ability to go back and forth between Ottawa and their home province or territory. Spending time in their region helps Senators connect to the people they represent.


Daily Order of Business (House of Commons)

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Appointments

Adjournment Proceedings

A Member who is dissatisfied with a reply received in Question Period can ask, in writing, for the matter to be raised again during the adjournment proceedings. A Cabinet Minister or Parliamentary Secretary responds. These proceedings can also be used to raise written question matters when the questions have not been answered within a requested 45-day deadline.

Caucus

Caucus

Daily House business does not begin until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays so that parliamentarians can attend a meeting of their respective political parties in the mornings. In these caucus meetings, Senators and MPs who belong to the same political party meet to discuss policy and the parliamentary agenda. Caucuses are closed meetings and there are rules of secrecy.

Government Orders

Government Orders

Government orders are any items of business (such as motions or bills) that the Government initiates and places on the agenda of the House under the heading “Government Orders”.

Members’ Statements

Members’ Statements

Members can make statements on matters of importance to them for up to one minute.

Notices of Motions for the Production of Papers

Notices of Motions for the Production of Papers

Members can ask the Government to present certain documents to the House of Commons. The Government can respond to these requests when this item is called.

Oral Questions

Oral Questions

This closely watched 45 minutes is also known as Question Period. It is a chance for opposition MPs, and sometimes Members of the governing party, to seek information from the Government. In a strict legal sense, “the Government” is the Prime Minister and the other Cabinet Ministers. The Cabinet determines priorities and policies, ensures their implementation, and presents legislation to Parliament for approval. By questioning the Prime Minister and the other Cabinet Ministers, Members can call the Government to account for its actions.

Private Members’ Business

Private Members’ Business

Private Members – those who do not hold an official position, such as a Cabinet Minister, Parliamentary Secretary, or Speaker – can present bills and motions for debate during Private Members’ Business. The order in which Members can present their items of business is established in a random draw at the opening of Parliament. Thirty items are then put on an Order of Precedence. All private Members’ bills and motions on the Order of Precedence are votable, unless they are determined to violate certain criteria. When the list has fewer than 15 items left on it a new draw is held to replenish the list.

Routine Proceedings

Routine Proceedings

Routine Proceedings covers many different items. These include the tabling of documents, statements by Ministers, presentation of petitions and committee reports, introduction and first reading of bills, and debating of motions.