FAQ

 

How does a senator become eligible to join ISG?

 

Any senator is eligible to join the ISG so long as he or she:
 

  • Is not part of a caucus composed of senators belonging to a recognized party as defined in Appendix I to the Rules of the Senate,

  • Does not act as a representative of the government,

  • Is not appointed as Speaker,

  • Ascribes to the Purpose and Vision of the ISG,

  • Has habitually demonstrated behavior that is consistent with the ISG’s Principles, and

  • Is in good standing with the Senate.

 

Membership Committee will review membership applications and come to a vote.

 


 

What is a Chamber Team?

 

The Chamber Team is led by the Scroll Manager and supported by the Liaison, the Facilitator and the Deputy Facilitator.



 

What is a facilitator/deputy facilitator?


The facilitator is responsible for the central coordination of ISG operations, including issues management for matters concerning ISG Business:
 

  • Oversight of the Secretariat

  • Interface with Senate officers and officials (the “usual channels”).

  • Preparation of discussion papers and briefing notes,

  • Information gathering and dissemination,
     

The Facilitator is supported by a Deputy Facilitator and a Coordinating Team. The Coordinating Team acts as a conduit for advice and information between the Facilitator and ISG senators.


What is the role of a Scroll Manager?


The Scroll Manager is responsible for coordinating information flow about Chamber operations, including:
 

  • Dissemination of written and verbal updates about Chamber operations during sittings.

  • Interface with the Chamber Operations and Procedure Office (COPO)

  • Dissemination of Scroll Updates

  • Participation in Scroll Meetings




What is the role of a Liaison?

The ISG Liaison Officer has four main legislative functions:

 

  • Coordinate the presence of the ISG in the House (with the administrative support of the Secretariat);

  • Survey the voting intentions of ISG members (with administrative support from the Secretariat);

  • Communicate with other groups in the Senate, including government officials;

  • Participate in strategic decision-making when the need arises in the House.