Canada Senate

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 12.16.2015 | 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.

Don Meredith Still Sitting In Senate, Making Some Uneasy

CBC | Hannah Thibedeau, CBC News | Posted 12.12.2015 | Canada Politics

Don Meredith faces a police investigation over allegations of sexual misconduct involving a teenaged girl.

Tory Senators Take First Steps To Making Upper House Less Partisan

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.08.2015 | 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.

B.C. Premier Right To Oppose Trudeau's Senate Plans, But She's Doing It Wrong

Rafe Mair | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Rafe Mair

That the present Senate is a bad joke, especially to British Columbia -- which has but two more seats than Prince Edward Island and four fewer than New Brunswick -- goes without saying. The temptation to simply say to hell with it is very strong indeed.

Clark Slams PM's Plans To 'Legitimize' Senate That 'Doesn't Work'

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"We won't endorse it."

5 Things To Know About The New Senate Appointment Process

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Politics

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

Premier Issues Terse Reaction To Liberal Senate Appointment Changes

CP | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"Our position has not changed: the Senate should be fixed or folded but we should not be distracted by it."

Trudeau Poised To Unveil Advisory Board For Senate Nominees

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Politics

"The Senate needs to change. We need to end the partisan nature of the Senate."

Althia Raj

Senate Speaker Denies 'Salacious Rumours' He Leaked AG Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Politics

Leo Housakos said it was unfortunate that he had to respond to “unfounded, unsubstantiated allegations being made by un-named sources.”

Althia Raj

Senate Speaker Leaked Auditor General's Report: Sources

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Politics

”These leaks violate all senators' fundamental right to the presumption of innocence and due process.”

Trudeau Hasn't Reached Out To Top Senators After Kicking Them Out

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.08.2015 | Canada Politics

What Trudeau decides to do now with the upper chamber will have wider implications for the Senate and the Liberal legislative agenda.

Pamela Wallin Can Return To Senate When Parliament Resumes

CBC | Posted 11.01.2015 | Canada Politics

Wallin and fellow senators Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau saw their suspensions from the Senate end with the dissolution of the last Parliament.

Tory Majority In Senate Could Give Trudeau Trouble

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Politics

"I don't have any responsibility to pass Liberal legislation."

Harper Received Emails About Don Meredith Allegations

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Politics

"Man o man…couldn't you have put some half decent people on the Senate payroll?"

Duffy Affair Shows Importance of Election-Time Civic Skepticism

Steven Zhou | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Steven Zhou

To the world, Canada looks like heaven. What the world envisions when they think of Canada is not immigration detention centres or deportation. So, while the world mourns the loss of Abdullah Kurdi's family, we Canadians must ask ourselves, do we not have an obligation to live up to the global expectations we have created? Do we not have an obligation to rise to the occasion and create the asylum innocent families fleeing war-torn Syria, Iraq and other regions so desperately need?

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 ...