Senate Canada

Don Meredith Testifies To Senators About Sexual Relationship With Teen

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada Politics

The Senate has never expelled one of its own before.

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.

No, A Prime Minister Can't Just Refuse To Appoint Senators

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Politics

Feds lose bid to toss court challenge over prolonged Senate vacancies.

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

Rafe Mair | Posted 12.07.2016 | 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.

Premier Issues Terse Reaction To Liberal Senate Appointment Changes

CP | Posted 12.03.2016 | Canada British Columbia

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

Pamela Wallin Can Return To Senate When Parliament Resumes

CBC | Posted 10.31.2016 | 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.

5 Things You Should Know About Bill C-377

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.26.2016 | Canada Politics

The Senate was locked in debate Friday about the fate of a contentious union finance disclosure bill, known as Bill C-377.

Senators Ignored Staffers Concerned About Expenses: Documents

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.07.2016 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Conservative senators overrode the concerns of senior public servants about lax expense rules in the upper chamber, newly released documents ...

The New Speaker Of The Senate

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Quebec Sen. Pierre Claude Nolin has been named the new Speaker of the Senate.Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement in a stateme...

Let's Take the Senate Off Life Support

J.J. McCullough | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

Today's Supreme Court ruling, which held it's illegal to hold Senate elections in this country without first amending the constitution. In making this ruling, however, the Supreme Court has offered the extraordinarily regressive declaration that the Senate has a permanent obligation to retain its "independence from the electoral process" and never become corrupted by something as vulgar as a "popular mandate" for the exercise of the chamber's legislative powers. The Senate must remain forever frozen in the elitist "sober second thought" mandate of its 19th century founding.

We've Been Trying To Reform This Place For Nearly 150 Years

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Reforming the Senate has been the subject of sporadic debate in Canadian politics for nearly 150 years. Here's a look at some key dates in th...

Supreme Court Shoots Down Harper's Quick Fix For Senate

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.25.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Stephen Harper threw in the towel on Senate reform Friday after the Supreme Court slammed the door on his hopes of a quick fix for the scanda...

Suspension Proposal Sparks Debate

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A Conservative proposal to suspend three senators without pay and benefits is sparking a passionate debate inside the upper chamber over the ...

Senate Communications Under Microscope

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A bipartisan move is afoot to look at retooling the multimillion-dollar Senate communications directorate, a body some see as part of a large...

The Senate: Where Transparency Goes to Be Mocked

Debby Simms | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Debby Simms

Canadians are waiting while Deloitte wraps up its investigation of Senator Wallin's claims. And then, we are led to understand that the Board of Internal Economy will develop its own report. With a breathtaking tone-deafness that makes a mockery of the principle of transparency.

Change It Or Abolish It, Canadians Say

CBC | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Politics

The majority of Canadians want the Senate changed or abolished, according to an exclusive Nanos Research poll for CBC News Network's Power & Politics....

Media Bites:Our Politicians Pocket More Than Obama's Chief of Staff

J.J. McCullough | Posted 08.17.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Being chief of staff to the president of the United States seems like a tough job. But while the gig may drip with stature and power, one thing it's decidedly not is high-paying. At least by Canadian standards. This is basically the story at every level of the Canadian government; we're paying more cash to more people to do almost certainly less work than their closest American equivalent.

Our Fathers' Good Names

Linda Frum | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Politics
Linda Frum

Last month, when I told my father I had been drafted to join the Senate's Ethics Committee, he nodded his approval. Soon I would watch in horror and helplessness as an aggressive cancer took him away from his family. Now, I return back to work, to an institution that is also under siege. But this time, we are not helpless. Honourable senators, the future of this chamber is in our hands.

Stephen Harper's Small Thinking Doesn't Engage Canadians

Deborah Coyne | Posted 08.03.2013 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

Stephen Harper's problem is that he thinks too small. No short-term partisan advantage is too minute for him to pursue and no long-term challenge facing the country is too large for him to ignore. By contrast, we need national leaders who will think forward and think big; who will govern intelligently and respectfully; who will call for a new federalism for the 21st century.

Trudeau Says No To Senate 'Status Quo'

CBC | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada Politics

The only antidote to restoring public trust in the wake of the Senate expenses scandal is to "raise the bar" and make parliamentarians expenses more t...

Don't Let a Few Bad Apples Spoil the Senate

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Surely Canadians can spot the difference between a Mike Duffy and a Romeo Dallaire, or between a Pamela Wallin and Muriel Ferguson! The quality of character and intelligence in Senator Hugh Segal simply dwarfs the rather sad record of Patrick Brazeau. The average citizen can sense the distinction a kilometre away. We often forget just how many great Senators have kept rampant politics at bay through reasoned and compelling arguments that often put the present House of Commons to shame. Let's leave the Duffys et al to their fate and consider the others who did our government proud.

Politics Is Killing the Senate

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Canada's Senate has had a grounded history and its occasional failures were never enough to deflect its effectiveness in the long haul. The great tragedy of recent years is that people have been appointed to undertake the dirty work of parties when it would have been better to keep such shenanigans in the House where partisanship has a role. Politics is killing the Senate; professionalism, cooperation and merit can save it, and our reasoned legislative system in the process.

Senate Should Be Abolished If Not Reformed: LeBreton

CBC | Posted 07.26.2013 | Canada Politics

The government's leader in the Senate says the Senate should be abolished if it can't be reformed, comments that come as Prime Minister Stephen Harper...

Want An Objective Investigation Into Senate Expense Scandal?

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.26.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A former RCMP superintendent says he's never seen the degree of political control over the Mounties that exists now, and says it "does not bo...

Abolish The Senate: Brad Wall

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada Alberta

SASKATOON - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, once a staunch supporter of a reformed federal Senate, has given up the fight.Wall says he now believes it...