Canadian Senators

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.

Harper Is Punishing the Wrong Senators

Colin Kenny | Posted 07.21.2013 | Canada Politics
Colin Kenny

It may not constitute criminal behaviour to apply for bogus housing allowances. But three people crossed over a moral line that a hundred other senators didn't. Doesn't that call for censure on the part of the institution that they hoodwinked? You can't just sweep things like this under the rug and pretend its business as usual. Wrong is wrong, and without formal censure, the Senate becomes part of the wrong. In dealing with this situation, the government has turned the concept of punishment upside down. No punishment for the housing allowance transgressors. But sweeping new rules to stymie senators involved in legitimate Senate business.

Motion To Abolish 'Useless' Senate

CBC | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada Politics

MPs are debating a non-binding NDP motion to eliminate the Senate, as controversy continues over the expenses claimed by some senators. Op...

Eight-Year-Olds Get Attendance Taken, Why Not MPs?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 04.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

There are clerks in the chamber and working with committees, is it so hard to take attendance? Would it be so difficult to have a simple web site that keeps track of a Member of Parliament's attendance, one that the public or media can check? Are we letting MPs have a free ride?

Harper Appoints 5 New Senators... On Friday Afternoon

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Personal connections and political obligations played a role Friday as Stephen Harper named five new senators, including the controversial wi...

Althia Raj

Former Cop And Failed Tory Candidate Among New Senators

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 01.07.2012 | Canada Politics

A former cop and failed Conservative candidate will be the Tories’ new defenders of controversial crime legislation as study of the bill is finished...

The Senate's Magnificent Seven?

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.07.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Ottawa's chief of police, a former Conservative MP and the first woman electee to the upper chamber are among seven new Conservative Senate a...

Althia Raj

Senators Cut Trip After Approving Record Travel Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 01.17.2012 | Canada Politics

Despite approving a record high of $1.8 million for Senate committees to travel, a group of senators decided Thursday to send a strong message to thei...

Althia Raj

Senators Openly Suggest Scrapping Age Limit

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 11.28.2011 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Some senators are openly suggesting they would like to scrap the 75-year age limit that forces them to retire from the upper chamber. Se...