Canada Senate

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."

Why I Would Make A Great Senator

David Martin | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

Dear Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments: I hear that you're looking for a few good men (and women, too, of course) to quickly fill five Senate seats from the provinces with the most vacancies, namely Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Luckily for you folks, I'm available right now.

Senate Transformation A Work In Progress, Ministers Say

CP | Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Politics

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef acknowledged some matters have not yet been worked out.

A Canadian View Of The Scalia Replacement Controversy

Michael Plaxton | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Michael Plaxton

To Canadian eyes, there is something both familiar and strange about the controversy surrounding President Obama's authority to name a replacement for Antonin Scalia. The issue is familiar because, last year, then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Russell Brown to the Supreme Court of Canada only 6 weeks before the federal election (having announced that he would do so a few days before Parliament was dissolved). Examining both cases can help us learn key differences between our two governments.

Senate To Study Rules Surrounding Driverless Cars, Garneau Says

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Politics

A senate committee will look into regulatory, policy and technical issues that need to be addressed so that Canada can safely and smoothly make the transition to self-driving vehicles.

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.

Want To Get Into The Senate? Applications Are Now Open

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Politics

There are currently 22 open spots for senators, and the Senate is looking to fill five right away.

Mike Duffy And George Costanza Share A Foolproof Legal Defence

Peter Landry | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

Duffy's defence -- which I will refer to as "The Costanza" -- may become a standard courtroom tactic should his lawyers succeed. This new legal principle would hold that one is innocent unless the law, social behaviour and even etiquette are explicitly explained in advance in each case.