Senate Reform

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5 Issues The Liberals Must Address With The Return Of Parliament

After 83 days in power for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the House of Commons has resumed sitting. Ottawa will be back in full swing with hundreds of new staffers settling into their new roles. As ministers return to the question period briefed up, staffed up and, ideally, rested up from the holiday, we will see a more comfortable team working to deliver on the government priorities set out in their platform and Speech from the Throne: growing the economy for the middle class, providing Canadians with open and transparent government and fighting climate change.
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Why Fixing The Senate Feels Impossible

OTTAWA - Revelations from Mike Duffy's fraud trial and a looming audit report on the expense excesses of his fellow senators will doubtless fuel demands for an overhaul or outright abolition of Canada...
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Senate Reform? That's On You, Provinces

MONTREAL - Prime Minister Stephen Harper reiterated Thursday that the Supreme Court ruling on Senate reform means the issue is clearly now in the hands of the provinces.The court ruled last week that...
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Let's Take the Senate Off Life Support

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.

The Senate Reference and Taking Steps Forward

The Supreme Court just released its long-awaited Senate Reference decision. And the response was spectacularly rebuking. Harper posed the following questions to the Court and the following responses were provided. I have significantly condensed the decision for easy access.