Senator Raine is a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples and the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. Information on the work being done by these committees can be found on their Web sites.
Senate committees are study groups ranging from five to 15 senators. They have three basic tasks: to approve or amend legislation; to investigate policy matters and make recommendations, and to examine the government’s spending proposals, called the Estimates.
Committees are at the core of work in the Senate. In committee, Senators study specific bills and investigate issues referred by the Senate. Each permanent or standing committee has its own area of expertise, such as: foreign affairs; banking, trade and commerce; legal and constitutional affairs; Aboriginal peoples; transport and communications; and social affairs, science and technology.
Committees hold hearings to gather all the facts relating to legislative change. They arrange for ministers, government officials, experts, organizations and individual citizens to appear and answer questions. They call for papers and records to be produced. The Senate may authorize committees to hold their hearings in any location in Canada. At the end of its study, a committee submits its conclusions to the Senate for consideration. In the case of a bill, the committee may recommend that it be amended or that it be passed without change.