Canada Senate Reform

Zi-Ann Lum

It Should Be Easier To Fire Senators: Poll | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 04.19.2017 | Canada Politics

NDP MP Nathan Cullen says there's currently "no accountability" in the Senate.

How We Know Our Governance Systems Are Working

Mark Hollingworth | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada Politics
Mark Hollingworth

Particularly in a time when increased surveillance and privacy invasion concerns are on the rise, our role, as citizens, irrespective of our political stripes, should be to continue to press for our governments to be putting in place even stronger systems of independent, institutional governance, of checks and balances.

Senator Quits To Fulfill Pledge, But Others Won't Follow Suit

The Huffington Post Canada | Althia Raj | Posted 12.14.2016 | Canada Politics

Sen. John Wallace served for eight years.

Trudeau's Reform Plan Has Paved The Way For An Independent Senate

Bruce Carson | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Carson

Trudeau, by only appointing independent and non-partisan Senators, has blurred the line between government and opposition. Even the Government Representative in the Senate does not identify with the governing party.

N.B. Senator Officially Quits Liberals

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Politics

Sen. Pierrette Ringuette will sit as an independent, effective immediately.

Tory Senators Take First Steps To Making Upper House Less Partisan

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Politics

Sen. Claude Carignan introduced a motion that would authorize inviting cabinet ministers to take part in the daily question period in the red chamber.

5 Things To Know About The New Senate Appointment Process

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.03.2016 | Canada Politics

The Trudeau government announced a new process for Senate appointments Thursday.

Unlikely Forces Unite In Campaign To Reform Senate

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.09.2016 | Canada Politics

Paul Massicotte is a Liberal Senator and Stephen Greene is Conservative. Though they are member of opposing sides, they have a common mission.

Canada's Senator Residency Requirement Remains A Secret

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The shroud of secrecy surrounding the residency requirement for Canadian senators just got a bit thicker.Prime Minister Stephen Harper has re...

5 Questions Canada's Top Court Answered On Senate Reform

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - In the Senate reform ruling handed down on Friday, the federal government posed five questions to the Supreme Court of Canada. Here are the h...

Abolish The Senate, Says BC NDP

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix is calling for the abolition of Canada's Senate.Dix says he will introduce a motion in the ...

Feds: We Don't Need Provincal Input

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Don't make it impossible to change Canada's scandal-plagued Senate.That was the underlying message to Supreme Court justices Thursday as they...

2 Western Provinces Back Feds

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta

OTTAWA - Two western provinces are backing up the federal government's argument that it should be relatively easy to reform — or even abolish — th...

Praise For Scandal-Plagued Senate

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A Supreme Court hearing on what it would take to reform or abolish Canada's Senate is coming in the nick of time for the much-maligned upper ...

Our Fathers' Good Names

Linda Frum | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Politics
Linda Frum

Last month, when I told my father I had been drafted to join the Senate's Ethics Committee, he nodded his approval. Soon I would watch in horror and helplessness as an aggressive cancer took him away from his family. Now, I return back to work, to an institution that is also under siege. But this time, we are not helpless. Honourable senators, the future of this chamber is in our hands.

Trudeau Says No To Senate 'Status Quo'

CBC | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada Politics

The only antidote to restoring public trust in the wake of the Senate expenses scandal is to "raise the bar" and make parliamentarians expenses more t...

Call Me Crazy for Wanting the Government to Do its Job

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

Last week, citizens demanded answers from their Prime Minister -- a reasonable enough request -- and the leader of our responsible government promptly ignored us. He treats us like we have no rights at all. And given our lack of reaction, I guess we don't.

Wynne Breaks With McGuinty On Senate

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - The ongoing scandal over the expenses of some high-profile Canadian senators didn't stop Ontario's new premier Wednesday from saying the pro...

Senate Should Be Abolished If Not Reformed: LeBreton

CBC | Posted 07.26.2013 | Canada Politics

The government's leader in the Senate says the Senate should be abolished if it can't be reformed, comments that come as Prime Minister Stephen Harper...

Another Senate Reform Setback

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government has suffered a legal setback as Quebec's Court of Appeal refused to suspend its review of Senate reforms.The Quebec go...

Motion To Abolish 'Useless' Senate

CBC | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada Politics

MPs are debating a non-binding NDP motion to eliminate the Senate, as controversy continues over the expenses claimed by some senators. Op...

Ex-Tory Senator Doesn't See The 'Usefulness' Of It

CBC | Posted 05.02.2013 | Canada Politics

A former Conservative senator, whose nomination to the upper chamber once drew considerable controversy, says it's time to do away with the Red Chambe...

Charlie Angus Talks Senate Expenses

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.02.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - An opposition MP says a media report on a Conservative senator's expense claims is part of a disturbing pattern that points to bigger probl...

Garneau Ready For Mission Impossible

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Liberal leadership hopeful Marc Garneau says he's not afraid to open up constitutional negotiations in a bid to reform Canada's unelected Sen...

Surprise! Brazeau Shows Up As Senate Votes To Put Him On Leave

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.13.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Patrick Brazeau wasn't about to take the back door.The senator and former member of the Conservative caucus took observers by surprise Tuesda...