Canada Senate

These Are All The Canadian Senators Under Fire For Various Reasons

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Politics

There are 85 members in the Senate.

The Senate Scandal Was Not Worth a $23 Million Audit

Lee Tunstall | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Lee Tunstall

Consider me one of the millions of Canadians offended by the Senate spending scandal. But it's not for the reason you might think. The auditor general spent around $23 million on this investigation, and found less than $1 million in questionable expenses -- out of $180 million worth of expenses investigated. So we, the ever-patient, ever-indulgent taxpayers, spent $23 million to find out that 0.5 per cent of Senate expenses were questionable. Should we be outraged? Yes, by the dollar cost of the investigation and by the cost to the reputation of Canada's upper house.

Reform or Abolish the Senate? The Choice Should Be Ours

Deborah Coyne | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

The latest depressing revelations about the Senate make it clear that the institution cannot continue in its present form. The vast majority of Canadians now agree that reform or abolition of the Canadian Senate is overdue. It is time to bring the people of Canada into the centre of the process and directly consult Canadians on any proposal for constitutional reform through a consultative referendum.

Zi-Ann Lum

Senator Facing Harassment Claims Told Staff He Was A Man Of God | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Politics

The complaints against Sen. Don Meredith include allegations he made sexually suggestive comments to female employees.

Senator Boisvenu Wants To Challenge Audit Findings

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Politics

One of two sitting senators who face an RCMP review of their expenses says he's "surprised" the auditor general concluded he had broken housing and travel spending rules.

Senate Audit Has A Few Lessons For MPs, Too: Michael Ferguson

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Politics

Members of Parliament can and should learn from the damning comprehensive audit of senators' spending, auditor general Michael Ferguson said Tuesday.

Audited Senators Use Duffy Trial To Defend Themselves

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Politics

For some senators, the auditor general's scrutiny of their expenses sent them hurtling right into the Mike Duffy dimension.

Senate Audit Leaks Need Investigation, Senator Says

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Premature leaks of auditor general Michael Ferguson's damning report on senators' expenses has some senators seeing red.They agreed Tuesday t...

BLOG: Senators, Canadians Want You to Defeat Bill-C51

Corey Levine | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Corey Levine

Undecided or Undeclared Senators, thanks to the campaign #StopC51, I know your names. And while there are simply too many of you to list, you know who you are. You may be wondering what caused this monumental shift in Canadian public opinion in just a few short months.

21 Senators Named

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Politics

Auditor general Michael Ferguson's comprehensive audit of Senate expenses, to be released publicly Tuesday, spans a two-year period and names 30 senators, including nine whose files are being recommended for referral to the RCMP.

Senate Audit Places Rod Zimmer Under Fire

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Spending in the scandal-ridden, self-policing Senate is devoid of oversight and accountability, says an explosive audit of expenses that ur...

The Senate Needs to Take a Stand on Gun Control

Heidi Rathjen | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Heidi Rathjen

Last week, the House of Commons passed (and sent to the Senate) Bill C-42, the ironically named Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, which would not only loosen controls on possession permits and transportation of handguns, but make it more difficult for the RCMP to ensure weapons prohibited by law remain out of the hands of civilians. Is it wishful thinking to ask whether, this time, the Senate will do its job and act to protect the public from a partisan self-serving and dangerous law designed to attract votes from a small minority?

Canada's Senator Residency Requirement Remains A Secret

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.10.2015 | 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...

Do We Really Need the Senate?

Dan Kelly | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Dan Kelly

More than anything, it leads me back to the bigger question of whether the Senate is relevant at all. In my work as a small business lobbyist, I've met dozens of senators over the years, and many are wonderful people who take their appointment seriously and try to take on important public policy issues or causes. But do the costs outweigh the benefits? And if we do need a Senate, is the current structure delivering?

MPs And Senators: A Comparison Of Expense Allowances

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.20.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Senators will have to account more openly for how they spend taxpayers' dollars under soon-to-be updated rules, the Speaker of the Senate say...

'I Am Not Guilty, Your Honour'

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn and Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The trial of Mike Duffy got underway Tuesday with a series of ugly portraits: the senator himself, the prime minister's former right-hand man...

Not Even Sandwiches Escaped Auditor General's Senate Expenses Study

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Politics

Auditor General Michael Ferguson and his staff are examining even the smallest of Senate expenses.

I Am Not a Terrorist, Despite What My Critics Told a Senate Committee

Faisal Kutty | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Faisal Kutty

My name is Faisal Kutty. I am a lawyer, law professor, public speaker and writer. I write in response to testimony to your distinguished Committee on February 23, 2015 by a fear monger well-versed in McCarthyism, Mr. Marc Lebuis.In my opinion, Mr. Lebuis and Pointe de Bascule hold anti-Muslim, anti-Islam views. Often unable to identify real threats, they insulting law-abiding Canadians through innuendo and mischaracterization of tenuous or even non-existent links and associations.

The New Speaker Of The Senate

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Quebec Sen. Pierre Claude Nolin has been named the new Speaker of the Senate.Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement in a stateme...


CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada

WASHINGTON - The Republican party has real power again in Washington and must now decide how to use it: try governing with President Barack Obama, or ...


CBC | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Politics

Prime Minister Stephen Harper may soon be grappling with a whole new problem inside the Senate. He has already endured a Senate expenses scandal tha...

The Senate Loses One of Its Best as Romeo Dallaire Departs

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

For reasons which are amply documented and well-known, as a Senator Romeo Dallaire committed himself to the most serious of issues: prevention of genocide, Post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD), child soldiers, conflict resolution and investigation into crimes against humanity. He is, in other words, a champion of causes that are for most politicians quagmires to be circumnavigated. The departure of Romeo Dallaire means that there will be one less serious, hard-working and principled member in the Upper Chamber.

Tory Senator: Feds Think Canada 'Ends' At Quebec

CBC | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Politics

Senator Fabian Manning says not only is his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador still paying for Danny Williams's 2008 ABC campaign against the...

How to Reform the Senate Without a Constitutional Amendment

Asher Honickman | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Asher Honickman

The senators themselves could also aid in this democratization process by self-imposing term limits. Once again, this would come to pass over time as a matter of convention, not legislation. The senators would legally be appointed to age 75, but as a more democratic culture took hold, they would face pressure to step down after X number of years.

A Simple Proposal To Create A Powerful Senate For Canada

Alex Sangha | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Canada needs a Triple E "equal, elected, and effective" Senate similar to the American Senate. No one can argue that the American Senate is not a powerful and effective political body that balances the interests of small and large states.