Standing Committee on General Government

Standing Committee on General Government

 

Terms of Reference

 

As per Standing Order 108(c), the Standing Committee on General Government, in addition to any matter that may be referred by Order of the House, is empowered to study and report on all matters relating to the mandate, management, organization or operation of the ministries and offices which are assigned to it as well as the agencies, boards and commissions reporting to such ministries and offices. These studies are conducted according to either Standing Order 111 or 126.

 

The Ministries and Offices assigned to the Committee are:

 

Management Board of Cabinet

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Ministry of Economic Development and Growth

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Ministry of Finance

Ministry of Housing

Ministry of Infrastructure

Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs

Ministry of International Trade

Ministry of Labour

Ministry of Municipal Affairs

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ministry of Transportation

Office of the Premier and Cabinet Office

Treasury Board Secretariat

Accessibility Directorate

Anti-Racism Directorate

Poverty Reduction Strategy Office

 

These assignments were made on : September 14, 2016

 

Standing Order 111:

 

Under Standing Order 111, the policy field committees may conduct relatively unlimited studies. The only restriction is that the study must relate to a ministry assigned to that committee. The subject-matter and duration of the study are left to the committee to decide. This Standing Order is usually used when the committee agrees on what it wishes to study.

 

Standing Order 126:

 

Once in each Session, each member (including the Chair) of the Standing Committee on General Government, the Standing Committee on Justice Policy and the Standing Committee on Social Policy is entitled to propose a matter to be considered by their particular committee. The matter must relate to the mandate, management, organization or operation of the ministries and offices assigned to the committee as well as the agencies, boards and commissions reporting to such ministries and offices (this list is found as an appendix to the Standing Orders).

 

The proposal of a member under this Standing Order must be adopted by at least two-thirds of the members of the committee, excluding the Chair.

 

A study by the committee under the terms of this Standing Order cannot take precedence over consideration of a government public bill.

 

The committee may present a substantive report to the House and may adopt the text of a draft bill on the subject matter. At least three hours of debate will be allowed on the bill in the House at a time decided upon by the House Leaders of the recognized Parties.

Committee Documents