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Publicly televised sessions, witnesses called, and relevant briefs, etc.  3

Organization of the Committee  3A

      February 24, 2016:
      Issue 1, 1st Meeting  3A1

Consideration of methods to make the Senate more effective within the current constitutional framework  3B

      March 9, 2016:
      Issue 1, 1st Meeting. Witness: Prof. David Smith, Ryerson College.
      Briefs: Coming to terms  3B1

      March 23, 2016:
      Issue 2, 2nd Meeting. Witnesses: Hon. Senators Paul J. Massicotte and Stephen Greene.
      Appendix G: Questions put to senators and their responses in an effort to modernize the Canadian Senate  3B2

      April 12, 2016:
      Issue 2, 3rd Meeting. Witness: Prof. Meg Russell, University College London.  3B3

      April 13, 2016:
      Issue 2, 4th Meeting. Witnesses: Professors Errol Mendes, University of Ottawa; Donald Desserud, University of Prince Edward Island; Stéphane Beaulac, Universsity of Montreal; Paul Thomas, University of Manitoba.
      Briefs: Working together, Moving from a House of Political Parties to a House of Review?, and Electing the Speaker of the Senate: Some Preliminary Thoughts  3B4

      April 18, 2016:
      Issue 2, 5th Meeting. Witness: Rt. Hon. Lord Hope of Craighead, KT, Convenor of the Crossbench Peers, House of Lords of the United Kingdom.  3B5

      May 4, 2016:
      Issue 3, 8th Meeting. Witnesses: Dr. Heather Lank and Charles Walker, Chamber Operations and Procedure Office.  3B6

      September 28, 2016:
      Issue 5, 16th Meeting. Witness: Hon. Senator Peter Harder, Government Representative in the Senate.  3B7

      October 19, 2016:
      Issue 5, 18th Meeting. Witness: Hon. Senator Claude Carignan, P.C., Leader of the Opposition.  3B8

      October 26, 2016:
      Issue 6, 19th Meeting. Witness: Hon. Hugh Segal, Master, Massey College, University of Toronto.  3B9

      November 16, 2016:
      Issue 7, 20th Meeting. Witness: Hon. Senator Elaine McCoy, Facilitator, Independent Senators Group.  3B10

      November 23, 2016:
      Issue 7, 21st Meeting. Witnesses: David Docherty, President, Mount Royal University, and Bruce Hicks, Adjunct Professor, Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, York University.  3B11

      November 30, 2016:
      Issue 8, 22nd Meeting. Witness: Hon. Senator Joseph A. Day, Leader of the Senate Liberals.  3B12

      December 14, 2016:
      Issue 8, 23rd Meeting. Witnesses: Professors Philippe Lagassé, School of International Affairs, Carleton University, and Andrew Heard, Political Science Department, Simon Fraser University.
      Brief: The Senate's Role in Reviewing Bills from the House of Commons  3B13

      February 8, 2017
      Hon. Dan Hays, P.C., former Speaker of the Senate.
      Brief: The need for a more open and comprehensive senate renewal process  3B13A

      March 1, 2017:
      Issue 8, 24th Meeting. Witnesses: B. Thomas Hall and Gary Levy, Research Fellow, Carleton University.  3B14

      March 29, 2017:
      Issue ?, Meeting. Witness: Gary W. O'Brien, Former Clerk of the Senate  3B15

      April 5, 2017:
      Issue ?, Meeting. Witnesses: The Right Honourable The Lord Wakeham DL, House of Lords; Meg Russell, Director, Constitution Unit, Department of Political Science, University College London; and The Lord Norton of Louth, House of Lords  3B16

      May 3, 2017:
      (anticipated). Witnesses: Prof. Adam Dodek, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa; and John Whyte, Senior Policy Fellow, Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy. 3B17

      May 10, 2017:
      (anticipated). Winesses: Prof. James B. Kelly, Political Science, Concordia University; and Robert de Luca, Staff Lawyer, Freedoms Program, Canadian Civil Liberties Asssociation. 3B18

Re: An act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 and the Parliament of Canada Act (Speakership of the Senate)  3C

      December 7, 2016:
      Issue 8, 1st Meeting. Witness: Hon. Senator Terry Mercer.
      Bill: S-213  3C1

Re: Bill S-213, a proposal to elect the Senate Speaker  3B

      February 8, 2017:
      Issue 9, 2nd Meeting. Witness: Hon. Dan Hays, P.C., former Speaker of the Senate.  3D1

      February 15, 2017:
      Issue 9, 3rd Meeting. Witnesses: Kate Glover, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario; and Benoît Pelletier, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
      Brief by Prof. Pelletier: On Bill S-213  3D1A

      March 8, 2017:
      A clause-by-clause consideration of Bill S213 by the entire MDRN committee.  3D2

Reports  -26

The MDRN Committee's first report, Senate modernization: Moving forward, was published on October 4, 2016. A version with numbered paragraphs is available here.  -4A

References to related reports:  4B

      Second Report: Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Omnibus Bills) as amended on February 15, 2017.  4B1

      Third Report: Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Committees).  4B2

      Fourth Report: Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Order Paper).  4B3

      Fifth Report: Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Caucus).  4B4

      Sixth Report: Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Speakership).  4B5

      Seventh Report: Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Regional interest) as amended on February 15, 2017.  4B6

      Eighth Report: Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Broadcasting).  4B7

      Ninth Report: Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Question Period).  4B8

      Tenth Report: Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Nature).  4B9

      Eleventh Report: Bill S-213.  4B10

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