Canada Senate

Don Meredith's New Lawyer Wants To 'Turn The Temperature Down'

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Politics

The prominent criminal lawyer said he agreed on Monday to help Meredith, 52, after meeting him for the first time on the weekend.

Don Meredith's Ex-Lawyer 'Thankful' After Cutting Ties With Senator

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Politics

The Toronto senator is currently on sick leave.

Don Meredith's Lawyer Uses Child Marriages To Defend Relationship With Teen

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 03.18.2017 | Canada Politics

The senator's relationship with a minor was a “consensual, sexual relationship," Selwyn Pieter said.

Senator Urged To Quit Aboriginal Committee Over Residential School Comments

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Politics

Aboriginal people must be able to feel that they can trust the members of the committee and that we respect them, the committee's chairwoman said.

Valuing Discourse: Senators Discuss INAC's 'Unstated Paternity' Policy

Lynn Gehl | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada Politics
Lynn Gehl

When members of Parliament and senators borrow, assimilate, or adopt gender-neutral language such as "unstated parentage" or "unnamed parent" when the discrimination is anything but, they potentially approve legislation that harms mothers and babies.

Andree Lau

Senator's Sexual Relationship With Teen Broke Code Of Ethics: Inquiry | Andree Lau | Posted 03.10.2017 | Canada Politics

Don Meredith is also the subject of a separate investigation after allegations of workplace harassment.

'Good Things' From Residential Schools Are 'Unacknowledged': Tory Senator

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Politics

Her speech "shocked" Sen. Murray Sinclair.

Bill C-4: Restoring Balance Between Employers And Unions

Diane Bellemare | Posted 02.09.2017 | Canada Politics
Diane Bellemare

The Senate will soon consider a government bill (C-4) that seeks to restore balance between federally regulated employers and unions. It repeals two acts (formerly bills C-377 and C-525) introduced by two Conservative MPs who received support in their crusade from organizations that were clearly against unions.

Kevin O'Leary Suggests Selling Senate Seats

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 01.16.2017 | Canada Politics

Senators examine and pass laws.

How Many American Lives Is The Second Amendment Worth?

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

Here we are, mere days into a new year. On the first day of 2017 there were already 264 incidents of gun violence in the U.S. -- with at least 64 people killed and 146 injured. As of January 5 those numbers rose to 500 shootings, 113 deaths and 288 injuries. If, like me, you had hopes that, if Hillary Clinton became president, we might at last see some much-needed, long-overdue gun control in the U.S. we can certainly forget about it now. Not with Donald Trump as president.

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.

Let's Meet Donald Trump's Presidential Team

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 12.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

I'm just going to come right out and say it: I think Americans have a lot to be concerned about unless, among other things, they don't care about their freedom to choose and their basic human rights. Have you been paying attention to Donald Trump's nominees? Do you know what they believe in and stand for? I have been keeping up with his picks and their platforms. And let me tell you, unless I was an affluent, white, heterosexual, conservative Christian man, I'd be more than a little nervous.

It's Only A Matter Of Time Before We Get President Pence

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

Does anyone really believe he (Trump) gives a damn? That he's in it for anything other than his ego, the good of his brand, his businesses, investments and, lest we forget, his wallet? Does anyone really think he'll last the full four years? That he won't break precedent for the umpteenth time, get bored or fed up or both, and become the first president ever to willingly resign before his first term is up? Or do something so egregious, or illegal, he'll get impeached?

Liberals Introduce New Vaping Legislation

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Politics

The time has come for federal regulation, the government says.

Police Leader Among 6 New Senators

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada Politics

Prime Minister Trudeau is reportedly poised to make the announcements.

The Election That Really Matters Is At The Bottom Of The Ballot

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

The down-ballot race going on right now isn't getting the attention it deserves. Not good, because the stakes are very, very high. So unless voters want the next four years to look like the last eight, they better show up at voting booths and pay as much attention to the bottom of the ballot as they do to the top.

Senators Want To Bring Canada's Upper Chamber Into The 21st Century

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Politics

Some ideas on upgrading the Senate have been debated for 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.

Changes To Senate Appointment Process Aim To Give Canadians A Voice

Vikram Vij | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Vikram Vij

There's not much time left for applications -- the August 4th deadline is not far off, and you need to get letters of recommendation together, as well as the usual paperwork -- but I urge you to think hard about who YOU think would make a great addition to the Senate and get applications in ahead of the deadline.

You Can Now Apply To Be One Of Canada's Next Senators

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Politics

The deadline to apply is Aug. 4.

Althia Raj

Senators Try To Prove Their Worth In Assisted Dying Debate | Althia Raj | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Politics

“We were not appointed to govern."

Senators Rip Apart 'Indefensible' Assisted Dying Bill

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Politics

Jane Philpott repeatedly went into what she called "plead mode," urging senators to meet the deadline.

Duffy's Transformation From Teen DJ To Embattled Senator

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Politics

Mike Duffy has come a long way since his teen disc jokey days.

Almost 300 People Nominated To Be Senators Under New Process

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Politics

The nominees were 49 per cent female.

Zi-Ann Lum

New Names Won't Fix 'Systemic' Problems In Senate: Democracy Watch | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Politics

"Anyone who is appointed to the Senate by a Liberal prime minister... is a Liberal appointee, not an independent senator."