The Ethics and Conflict of Interest Code for Senators

Consideration of inquiry report

49. (1) The Committee shall take into consideration an inquiry report from the Senate Ethics Officer as promptly as circumstances permit.

Right to be heard

49. (2) When considering an inquiry report for the purpose of determining the appropriate remedial measures or sanctions, the Committee shall afford a Senator who is the subject of a report the opportunity to be heard by the Committee.


49. (3) For greater certainty, the Committee has, in considering a report, all of the powers of a standing Senate committee.


49. (4) Where the Senate Ethics Officer has determined that the Senator has breached his or her obligations under the Code, the Committee shall recommend, in a report to the Senate, the appropriate remedial measures or sanctions taking into account section 31 of the Constitution Act, 1867. The recommendations available to the Committee include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) the return of any gift or other benefit;
(b) any remedial measure;
(c) the reduction or removal of access to Senate resources;
(d) the removal of assignments, duties or powers conferred by the Senate;
(e) a limitation on the right to speak or vote;
(f) an invitation or order to apologize;
(g) a censure, admonition or reprimand; or
(h) a suspension.

Study suspended

49. (5) Consideration of an inquiry report in respect of a Senator who ceases to be a Senator is permanently suspended unless the Committee decides otherwise.


49. (6) The Committee shall consider any representations from the former Senator, from any Senator who initiated the inquiry and from the Senate Ethics Officer before making its decision under subsection (5).