Senate Reform Canada

Perhaps Harper Should Stop Appointing Senators: Premier

CBC | Posted 09.11.2014 | Canada Politics

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says not many people would be outraged if Prime Minister Stephen Harper decided to stop appointing senators. CBC News...

Senate Reform? That's On You, Provinces

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Prime Minister Stephen Harper reiterated Thursday that the Supreme Court ruling on Senate reform means the issue is clearly now in the hand...

Mulcair's Comments On Trudeau Senate Plan Full Of Baloney?

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - "Mr. Trudeau's proposal would require constitutional change. That is eminently clear from a straight reading of paragraph 64 and 65 of the (...

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.

5 Recent Supreme Court Losses For Harper Government

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.25.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada dealt the Harper government another blow Friday, this time on the subject of Senate reform. Here's a look at fi...

5 Questions Canada's Top Court Answered On Senate Reform

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - In the Senate reform ruling handed down on Friday, the federal government posed five questions to the Supreme Court of Canada. Here are the h...

Brad Wall: We're 'Stuck' With Senate

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Politics

REGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he thinks the fight for Senate reform is over.He says the Supreme Court's ruling makes it clear to him th...

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...

Supreme Court Opinion Next Week Could Determine Fate Of Senate

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will issue a landmark opinion next week that could determine the fate of the country's scandal-plagued Senate.The...

Trudeau's Next Smart Moves on Senate Reform Should Include House Reform

Duff Conacher | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Duff Conacher

If Trudeau wants to avoid allowing obvious, pointed questions to fester and undermine the momentum he has captured on Senate reform, he should now do four things to clarify the decidedly vague promises he has made to establish a new appointment process, and to make at least some of the other Senate changes that the Supreme Court of Canada rules Parliament can do alone.

Trudeau: Senate Move Doesn't Contradict My Promise

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Politics

VANCOUVER - Justin Trudeau's decision to expel his party's senators from caucus caught pretty much everyone on Parliament Hill off guard — even the ...

Manning Asks Canadians To Weigh In On Senate Reform

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Two advocates of Senate reform have unveiled a website where Canadians can vote on the future of the upper chamber.Former Reform party leader...

Media Bites: Predictions for 2014 -- Prepare to Hear the Word "No"

J.J. McCullough | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg In the world of Canadian politics, 2013 was one of those years where interesting things seemed perennially on the brink of happening, but rarely did. 2014, in short, will be a year that spends a lot of time providing closure to the unanswered questions of 2013. My guess is there'll be a lot of "no's." Here are some predictions.

2 Western Provinces Back Feds

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta

OTTAWA - Two western provinces are backing up the federal government's argument that it should be relatively easy to reform — or even abolish — th...

Supreme Court Weighs How Senate Can Be Reformed, Abolished

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Federal and provincial governments drew sharp battle lines Tuesday as Canada's top court began hearing arguments in a historic case that will...

'Everybody Should Be Embarrassed'

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.31.2013 | Canada Politics

CALGARY - The founder of the federal Reform party says all Canadians should be embarrassed by the shenanigans within the Senate but he still believes ...

Court Deals Blow To Harper's Senate Reform Dream

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - The Harper government's most recent attempt at Senate reform has been declared unconstitutional in a stinging court ruling rendered Thursda...

A Throne Speech to Forget

Keith Beardsley | Posted 12.19.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Did Harper's throne speech succeed in hitting the long talked about reset button? Probably not. Will it bury the Senate scandal and move it off the political agenda and out of the public's mind? Definitely not.

Senate Reform? Not Now, Insiders Say

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.10.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The disgraced Senate will serve as a backdrop for next week's throne speech and is bound to dominate debate during the fall sitting of Parlia...

Not So Fast

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The murky constitutional waters surrounding reform of Canada's disgraced Senate have been further muddied by two lawyers appointed by the Sup...

Senate Reform Requires Referendum In B.C.

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia

OTTAWA - British Columbia says a provincial referendum on Senate reform would be required by law before it could approve any reforms to the upper cham...

What Everyone Seems To Be Ignoring

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An important piece of Canada's constitutional puzzle is being ignored by federal and provincial governments as they argue over the correct am...

Ontario To Fight Tory Government On Senate Reform

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada is getting an earful on the future of the Senate.The federal government has asked the high court for guidance on ...

Giant Mike Duffy Balloon Will Haunt Your Dreams

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - It's part Goodyear Blimp and part Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, all rolled into one enormously inflatable symbol of Senate excess.Meet Mike Duff...