Canadian Senate

An Open Letter To The New Independent Senators

Alain Miville de Chêne | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Alain Miville de Chêne

As senator, you will be entering in a whole new phase of your life. As a newcomer, you have a freedom of thought and a creativity which will invariably be constrained once you will have internalized the Senate's culture. Use this limited time wisely.

All Politicians Lie, Wrote Newly Appointed Senator

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.19.2016 | Canada Politics

"Politicians who don't lie? Impossible.''

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.

The Senate Has Its Very Own Legitimacy

Alain Miville de Chêne | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Alain Miville de Chêne

Most of us, having only a vague understanding of the Senate's possible functions and past realizations, see it as illegitimate or undemocratic, and wish to correct the situation by applying one of two stereotypical and superficial recipes: election or abolition.

5 Issues The Liberals Must Address With The Return Of Parliament

Lindsay Maskell | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Lindsay Maskell

After 83 days in power for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the House of Commons has resumed sitting. Ottawa will be back in full swing with hundreds of new staffers settling into their new roles. As ministers return to the question period briefed up, staffed up and, ideally, rested up from the holiday, we will see a more comfortable team working to deliver on the government priorities set out in their platform and Speech from the Throne: growing the economy for the middle class, providing Canadians with open and transparent government and fighting climate change.

There's Still Hope For A Non-Partisan Senate

Alain Miville de Chêne | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Alain Miville de Chêne

The Constitution defined a container, but not the content. Nothing in it says that the Senate has to be a partisan body. It has become so by choice, due to a particular political culture. Filling the Senate with non-partisan members is a practical first step to its cultural evolution.

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.

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?"

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...

Here Is a Plan for a Vibrant and Sustainable CBC

Sen. Art Eggleton | Posted 07.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Sen. Art Eggleton

The CBC is facing significant challenges. There is the continued rise of the Internet and digital services like Netflix that are changing the broadcasting landscape. More and more content is consumed online. There are also long-standing challenges of competing against the U.S. entertainment giant to our south. With these challenges in mind, here is what I propose. It is important to have a strong and vibrant CBC, to tell our stories, to entertain and inform us as Canadians.

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 | 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.