Canadian Senate

Canada Needs to Get Cozy With Mexico

Christopher Sands | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

Making the case to deepen ties with Mexico to Canadians on the basis of a thoughtful review of the arguments and the evidence of twenty years of NAFTA experience is a valuable contribution to the Canadian debate, and very much in the tradition of sober second thought on issues of the day.

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.

This Comedian Is Running In Canada's 'First Senate Election'

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Politics

The trial of Canadian Sen. Mike Duffy for fraud and bribery seems a fitting occasion to shine a critical light on Parliament's upper chamber. And ...

Suspended Senators May Regain Salaries During Election

The Toronto Star | Joanna Smith | Posted 04.03.2015 | Canada Politics

The federal election will put signs on lawns, politicians on buses, and, depending on how things play out in court, suspended senators Patrick Brazeau...

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.

Althia Raj

Liberals In Senate Aim To Close Gift Loophole For Top Officials

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Senate Liberals are trying to close a loophole that allows cabinet ministers, their staff and deputy ministers to accept gifts and cash fro...

Trudeau's Abolition of Liberal Senators Changes Nothing

Daniel Dickin | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Originally published for the Prince Arthur Herald Justin Trudeau has banished all 32 Liberal Senators from the Liberal caucus, yet he's managed to ...

Think The Senate Will Ever Change? Keep Waiting

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.21.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Some of the heaviest hitters in the decades-long crusade for reform of Canada's unelected Senate have given up hope that the much-maligned up...

The Case for an Unelected Senate

Sen. Art Eggleton | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Sen. Art Eggleton

We don't need two elected chambers in the Parliament of Canada. One is enough. Imagine the conflicts that could arise between two elected bodies, each feeling they have mandates to represent the people. Just look at the gridlock that exists in the United States Congress. Our system, which is based on the British or Westminster model, has stood the test of time.

Let's Follow Saskatchewan's Lead and Move to Abolish the Senate

Diane Francis | Posted 11.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Saskatchewan is one of the richest jurisdictions in Canada, second only to Alberta, and has once more lit a firestorm that may sweep the west and profoundly change Canada's politics. Like the launch of public health care and refusal to let foreigners buy Potash Corporation, Saskatchewan led the nation with its initiative to abolish the Canadian Senate.

Suspended.. But Still On The Public Dime?

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is scrambling to figure out if the suspensions of three of its own senators actually means they're entirely off t...

Bring the People of Canada Into the Constitutional Reform Process

Deborah Coyne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

Constitutional reform is entirely legitimate in the life of a vibrant democracy. The Canadian Senate either needs serious reform or it should be abolished, and this requires changes to our Constitution. In refusing to engage the people in constitutional reform, our leaders forget that the Constitution belongs to the people of Canada, not to the federal and provincial governments.

10 Reasons The Senate Needs To Go

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Politics

Senate reform will probably never happen, but that doesn't mean it's not a good idea. In fact, there are plenty of good reasons to just get rid of ...

Ottawa Only Cares About Squeezing Votes, Not Humanity

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

For all the Duffys, Harpers, Harbs, Wallins and Brazeaus, there are the quiet, reasoned and compassionate voices of the Segals, Dallaires and Cowans, and, yes, the Munsons, fighting for the humanity of Canadians instead of the loyalty of their base. They have tackled the political order in both houses and in every party to restore this country's image in the world.

Getting A Bit Duffy In Here

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Bombshell revelations from Sen. Mike Duffy are sure to reverberate again today across Parliament Hill.The former Conservative senator now say...

No Crime In The 'Duffy Cheque': Former House Law Clerk

CBC | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada

A $90,000 cheque from former PMO aide Nigel Wright to Mike Duffy to repay the senator's ineligible expenses may raise questions, but it could be ...

U.S. Political Bitterness Not The Reality in Canadian Society

Bill Mann | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada
Bill Mann

Tired of the bitterness and rancor of U.S. politics? Wouldn't it be nice if Americans weren't subjected to the nauseating likes of Mitch McConnell, L...

Sask. Party Votes To Dismantle Upper Chamber

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada Alberta

REGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has the backing of his party in his call to abolish the Senate.The Saskatchewan Party held a referendum and sa...

For Canada's Birthday, Give it a New Constitution

Duff Conacher | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Duff Conacher

As Canada turns 146, many recent surveys show that most Canadians are hankering for a new constitution. So is Canada's Constitution a completed document? Some commentators have claimed since 1995 that Canadians are tired of constitutional talks, and while this was likely true back then there is no evidence that the fatigue continues. As Canada moves toward its 150th birthday in 2017, what more appropriate national discussion could take place than about the document that founded both our country and our governments, and about the changes Canadians want in a new constitution?

Don't Abolish Senators, Choose Better Ones

Glen Pearson | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

What is happening in both the House of Commons and the Senate at the moment represents a serious enough threat to our democracy that we require remedial efforts in real time, far in advance of whatever constitutional refinements to these institutions that might lie in the future. Our focus should be upon the selection process for Senators, at least in the interim.

Ex-Harper Aide Snared In Tax Trouble

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government has been handed a lesson in why those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.Conservatives have been trying to...

The Real Senate Reform That Will Never Be

David McLaughlin | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada Politics
David McLaughlin

Canadians caught a glimpse of what "could be" in the 1992 Charlottetown Accord; the closest we have come to real Senate reform since Confederation.The prime minister who wrought this was Brian Mulroney. But even he was surprised. I know, because I was the one who informed him an elected Senate might just happen.

Premier Wall's Wise Call On The Canadian Senate's Abolishment

Samuel Getachew | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Saskatchewan's Brad Wall has made a surprise and welcome announcement on the status of Canada's Senate. He announced his support for the federal NDP...

The Canadian Senate Scandal Raises Many Questions and Few Answers

Keith Beardsley | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

No one can downplay the seriousness of the issue both for the individuals concerned, for the Prime Minister, the Conservative Party or the Senate itself. The accusations are very serious as the number of investigations indicates. We do have to be careful, though, to separate fact from rhetoric, and ask some hard questions to both sides of the senate scandals.