Canadian Senate

Trudeau's Senate Reforms Could Do More Harm Than Good

Aaron Wudrick | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Aaron Wudrick

New "independent" Senators could be emboldened to test out their new levels of "independence" -- particularly in the form of pushing back even harder on legislation passed by the House. Indeed, some people may even hope that happens. And if it does, it will be undermining the will of the House -- and by extension, Canadians.

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.

Here's Why Canada Needs A National Dementia Strategy

Dr. William E. Reichman | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. William E. Reichman

Here's the sobering truth: despite close to 40 years of substantial private and public investment, society has not come up with any meaningful medication to help those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Today, some 750,000 Canadians live with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Senate Amends Key Part Of Assisted Dying Bill

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Politics

The Senate and the House may be at a deadlock.

No Legal Voids With Physician Assisted Dying Post June 6th

Amanda Blitz | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Amanda Blitz

My friend Chuck wants to kill himself. He is hoping if Bill C-14 does not pass in the Senate by June 6th, he will be able to legally commit suicide with the help of a doctor, thereby ending his constant, debilitating and painful battle with mental illness. Chuck is part of a group of patients who, despite being included in the Supreme Court of Canada's ground-breaking decision in Carter vs. Canada, have been cut out of the Liberal's Bill C-14. Here's why.

Our Assisted Dying Bill Maintains Respect For Life

Jody Wilson-Raybould | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Jody Wilson-Raybould

Bill C-14 reflects a reasonable, balanced approach to the criminal law dimensions of medical assistance in dying, where Parliament's jurisdiction primarily lies. Medical assistance in dying is different from all other forms of medical care in that, in the absence of an exemption, it is otherwise criminal conduct of the most serious nature. Bill C-14 also includes a critical set of safeguards that are designed to give Canadians confidence that life will only be ended where that is the genuine and firm wish of the person.

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 07.24.2016 | 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 06.26.2016 | 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 06.18.2016 | Canada Politics

There are 85 members in the Senate.

The Senate Scandal Was Not Worth a $23 Million Audit

Lee Tunstall | Posted 06.16.2016 | 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...