Senate Reform Canada

Supreme Court Opinion Next Week Could Determine Fate Of Senate

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.17.2014 | 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 02.17.2014 | 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...

Want This Place Closed Down? You're Dreaming, Experts Say

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Calls to abolish the Senate, as proposed by Saskatchewan's premier and the federal Opposition, are destined to go nowhere, say constitutional...

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.

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.

Duffy: God's Gift to the Opposition

Keith Beardsley | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada
Keith Beardsley

Another week of the Duffy scandal has come to a close on the Hill. It is an issue that both politicians and the public love to talk about and there is no doubt that in the short term; there will be a cost to the Conservative brand and to the Prime Minister's reputation. It won't get any easier from this point going forward.

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.

The Senate Scandal Will Be Harper's Downfall

Tom Kott | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Tom Kott

Stephen Harper is starting to feel the heat. Rather than just being a Senate problem, the Mike Duffy scandal has for the first time directly involved the Prime Minister's Office and threatens to ruin any credibility the PM has left on being accountable.

Motion To Abolish Senate DEFEATED

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A hotly debated New Democrat motion to begin the process of abolishing the Senate went down to defeat Wednesday, and the NDP wasted little ti...

Get On That, Tories Tell Supreme Court

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.17.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government is asking the Supreme Court to study its Senate-reform proposals as quickly as it can.Two weeks ago, the top court was...

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?