Senate Canada

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 & Polit...

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...

Tories Toast Duffy

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government is praising Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy for showing "leadership" in the Senate expenses scandal.But Liberals say the C...

Top Tory Denies Duffy Said He'd Repay Cash

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Describing himself as a man of his word, embattled Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy says he has repaid more than $90,000 in Senate housing expens...

Senator Ignored Advice On Office Romance

CP | Lina Dib, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Conservative Sen. Pierre-Hughes Boisvenu says the Senate ethics officer told him last year he couldn't keep his girlfriend on his office payr...

Harper Names 'Remarkable Canadian' To Senate

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Scott Tannas, founder, president and CEO of Western Financial Group, has been named to the Senate.Prime Minister Stephen Harper calls Tannas ...

THIRD Tory Senator Refunds Expenses

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.07.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Another Conservative senator is refunding expenses following an examination of residency claims.The Senate's internal economy committee has i...

Senator's Relationship With Staffer Still Unclear

CBC | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada Politics

A Quebec senator who was revealed to be dating a member of his staff is no longer in a romantic relationship with her, his colleagues said Wednesday. ...

Another Senate Reform Setback

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government has suffered a legal setback as Quebec's Court of Appeal refused to suspend its review of Senate reforms.The Quebec go...

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...

Senator Collects $20,000 Despite Living A Quick Drive From Work

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.03.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - A Quebec senator is making no apologies for collecting a housing allowance despite living little more than a drive across a bridge from Par...