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NDP MP Nathan Cullen says there's currently "no accountability" in the Senate.
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Particularly in a time when increased surveillance and privacy invasion concerns are on the rise, our role, as citizens, irrespective of our political stripes, should be to continue to press for our governments to be putting in place even stronger systems of independent, institutional governance, of checks and balances.
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Sen. John Wallace served for eight years.
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Trudeau, by only appointing independent and non-partisan Senators, has blurred the line between government and opposition. Even the Government Representative in the Senate does not identify with the governing party.
Not everyone is happy about the news.
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As senator, you will be entering in a whole new phase of your life. As a newcomer, you have a freedom of thought and a creativity which will invariably be constrained once you will have internalized the Senate's culture. Use this limited time wisely.
The nominees were 49 per cent female.
Sen. Pierrette Ringuette will sit as an independent, effective immediately.
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'It's the proverbial lipstick on a pig.'
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Most of us, having only a vague understanding of the Senate's possible functions and past realizations, see it as illegitimate or undemocratic, and wish to correct the situation by applying one of two stereotypical and superficial recipes: election or abolition.
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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.
John Wallace parted with the Tories last month over what he called "irreconcilable differences."
The Constitution defined a container, but not the content. Nothing in it says that the Senate has to be a partisan body. It has become so by choice, due to a particular political culture. Filling the Senate with non-partisan members is a practical first step to its cultural evolution.
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Sen. Claude Carignan introduced a motion that would authorize inviting cabinet ministers to take part in the daily question period in the red chamber.
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The Trudeau government announced a new process for Senate appointments Thursday.
"The Senate needs to change. We need to end the partisan nature of the Senate."
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, who has promised to work to abolish the Senate if elected prime minister, accuses Stephen Harper of abandoning his fight to either reform or scrap the Red Chamber. Mulcair's co...
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REGINA -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced a moratorium on Senate appointments. Harper says it is clear that Canadians are not happy with an unelected, unaccountable upper house and his gov...
Paul Massicotte is a Liberal Senator and Stephen Greene is Conservative. Though they are member of opposing sides, they have a common mission.
With an election looming in just four months, former allies in the Senate reform movement are mystified by Harper's strategy, or lack thereof.
OTTAWA - The shroud of secrecy surrounding the residency requirement for Canadian senators just got a bit thicker.Prime Minister Stephen Harper has refused to answer repeated oral questions about the...
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...
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says not many people would be outraged if Prime Minister Stephen Harper decided to stop appointing senators. CBC News reported this week that some Conservative members...
OTTAWA - "Mr. Trudeau's proposal would require constitutional change. That is eminently clear from a straight reading of paragraph 64 and 65 of the (Supreme Court) ruling." — NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, s...
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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...
What if all Senators, save for the 20 needed to make quorum, simply resigned en masse tomorrow? In the beginning of his mandate, Harper refused to appoint non-elected Senators to the Upper Chamber. He ended up doing so because the dwindling numbers compromised the Senate's functionality. This time around, the Prime Minister may very well stop appointing Senators for good.
The Supreme Court of Canada shot down Prime Minister Stephen Harper's plan for reforming the Senate on Friday and users on Twitter were divided over the decision. Many lamented that the court's ruling...
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 scandal-plagued upper house. The prime minister sounded...
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.
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 five recent cases in which the high court rejected the...
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.
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 high court's answers.1.Can the federal government u...