Canada Senate

Lawyer Takes On PM's Senate Moratorium

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada Politics

There are currently 22 vacancies in the 105-seat chamber.

Harper, Saskatchewan And The Senate: Why Policy Came Now

CP | Stephanie Levitz | Posted 07.25.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — When the Calgary Stampede ends and the last pancakes are flipped, the white cowboy hats put away in their boxes, Stephen Harper usually hea...

6 Things Senators Could Do Instead of Making Us Pay for Relocation

David Martin | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Politics
David Martin

Perhaps we can just shut down the Senate for 10 years and send the senators home on a leave of absence. Even if we continued to give them full pay, we'd still be financially further ahead. Since they'd be on hiatus for a decade, there would be no expense claims, no travel claims and few office expenses.

Unlikely Forces Unite In Campaign To Reform Senate

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.09.2015 | 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.

Senate Report Stigmatizes Muslims: National Group

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Politics

he National Council of Canadian Muslims says the report risks further alienating Muslim communities.

11 Recommendations From Senate On Security Threats To Canada

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Politics

"Consider amending the hate laws to prevent glorification of terrorists and terrorist acts and symbols linked to radicalization"

Senate Recommends Creation Of 'Wanted Terrorist' List

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Politics

"We cannot try to appease this threat that we face."

Renos On Senate's Temporary Home Already $29M Over Budget

CBC | Dean Beeby, CBC News | Posted 07.07.2015 | Canada Politics

Fixing up a temporary home for the Senate has gone over budget by at least $29 million, and Public Works wants to squeeze office-relocation costs for ...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.