Canada Senate

A Simple Proposal To Create A Powerful Senate For Canada

Alex Sangha | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Canada needs a Triple E "equal, elected, and effective" Senate similar to the American Senate. No one can argue that the American Senate is not a powerful and effective political body that balances the interests of small and large states.

Time For B.C. To Say Sayonara To The Senate

Jordan Bateman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

The best thing for B.C. is to join Saskatchewan and Manitoba and call for the abolition of the Senate. Premier Clark, deep down, knows this. In her 2011 leadership campaign, she was clear: "We don't really need a Senate." Since then, the Senate's reputation has only worsened, as new scandals and criminal charges tear away any credibility that once resided in the Upper Chamber.

Justin Trudeau's Senate Move Shows He's Ready To Be PM

Zach Paikin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Zach Paikin

The only way to earn the backing of Canada's eastern provinces for Senate reform would be to rip open Canada's fundamental law once more, putting everything back on the table and possibly plunging the country into yet another national unity crisis. This could set Canada back by years, if not decades.

Why Trudeau's Senate Agenda is Both Confused and Confusing

J.J. McCullough | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

What's all this junk about getting some expert panel to appoint the Senators? Ol' Pepall thinks that sounds like the "Guardian Council in Tehran," and he's not in favour of turning Canada into a fundamentalist Islamic theocracy, which I think we can all agree is the real crux of this issue.

Trudeau Critics Wanted Substance, And They Got It

Grant Gordon | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Grant Gordon

I'll leave it to others to sort through the constitutional implications of what Justin Trudeau did this week. But I want to comment on what Justin's move did for his "brand", because that's my expertise. Trudeau's naysayers attack him as vacuous. He's a nice guy -- but where's the beef? Well, Trudeau just showed substance and leadership.

Media Bites: Justin Just Reformed the Senate in the Wrong Direction

J.J. McCullough | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Justin Trudeau thinks Canada's Senate has become irreparably corrupted through "extreme patronage and partisanship," and is trying to set a good example by opting-out of at least half of that equation. It's an exceedingly open question if Canadians even want the sort of reformed, "effective" Senate Trudeau's promising amid such great fanfare. The closer you look at the whole plan, in fact, the closer Trudeau's fix begins to resemble the classic solution in search of a problem.

Did Trudeau Clean Up the Senate or Make a Bigger Mess?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Justin Trudeau probably shocked his Senate caucus colleagues more than the voting public today when he announced he was removing Liberal senators from the Liberal caucus, thereby limiting the caucus to elected members of parliament. Eventually the dust will settle and the real reason for this move will become evident, but for now Trudeau is in the limelight and he will have the Conservatives scrambling and perhaps the NDP as well. The truth is no one including Trudeau knows and we will only find that out down the road and closer to the next election.

My 2014 Wish List: Get Rid of the Politicians

Diane Francis | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Canada's short-term economic prospects are good, but the outlook, both medium and long-term, is another story. That's because Canada's biggest competitive disadvantage are its politicians. Most function like trust fund brats, lacking the mindset or skills to steward or protect the national endowment. Here's my political wish list for 2014

Senate Faces Toughest Expense Probe In Its History

CBC | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada

When members of the Senate voted to invite the federal auditor general to audit their expenses, some senators may not have anticipated what they were ...

A Troubling 2013 for Justin Trudeau's Liberals

Daniel Dickin | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Trudeau has been completely unable to define the Liberal Party or Trudeau brand under his leadership. On second thought, in Trudeau's first eight months as Liberal leader, he has said a lot. He just hasn't said the right things to make him worthy of leading this country.

No Pensions For Bad Politicians?

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Commons is set to debate a bill this week that would revoke the pensions of MPs and senators convicted of indictable crimes.Conservative ...

The Case for an Unelected Senate

Sen. Art Eggleton | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Sen. Art Eggleton

We don't need two elected chambers in the Parliament of Canada. One is enough. Imagine the conflicts that could arise between two elected bodies, each feeling they have mandates to represent the people. Just look at the gridlock that exists in the United States Congress. Our system, which is based on the British or Westminster model, has stood the test of time.

Romeo Dallaire Has Turned His Depression into Purpose

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

When I read that Romeo Dallaire had been in a car accident on Parliament Hill just outside of East Block, I wondered if it was due to fatigue. I have never known him to be other than fully occupied and frequently exhausted in the course of his heavy schedule. Romeo has a lot more than just memories to fight. As he explained this week, he fights depression and remains medicated for PTSD. But he has turned his pain into a purpose, and in so doing he can get up every day.

Liberals Blame This For Late Sex Harassment Claim Response

CBC | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics

The Liberal Party is blaming an email mix-up for its late response to allegations of sexual harassment against Senator Colin Kenny. CBC News reporte...

Liberal Senator Facing Sexual Harassment Complaint

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Sen. Colin Kenny has withdrawn from the federal Liberal caucus while the Senate investigates a complaint about him.Justin Trudeau's office co...

Don't Let Rob Ford's Buffoonery Eclipse What Really Matters

Steve Patterson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Steve Patterson

Between Toronto's mayor who might as well be declared the Buffoon King, freewheeling, self-centred Senators who use taxpayer money as their own personal ATMs and a Prime Minister who would rather prorogue than progress, well, it's a great time to be a Canadian comedian. If it weren't so sad.

Should Canada Elect, Abolish or Reform the Senate?

Omar Alghabra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Omar Alghabra

Because of its inherent independence from election cycles, the Senate can provide an indispensable public service that enriches our democracy. Does this mean that we ignore the real problems in the Senate? Definitely not. Reforms are needed. Standards that were tolerated decades ago are no longer acceptable today.

Feds: We Don't Need Provincal Input

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

OTTAWA - Don't make it impossible to change Canada's scandal-plagued Senate.That was the underlying message to Supreme Court justices Thursday as they...

Media Bites: We Can't Reform the Senate if We're Constitutionally Constipated

J.J. McCullough | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Our constitutional amendment rules are so terrible, so poorly-written and caked with complex regulations designed to eliminate any hope of ever achieving any meaningful improvement to anything, we barely even know how to read some of them. And we're not talking about 18th century legalese here -- this stuff was written all of 30 years ago.

Praise For Scandal-Plagued Senate

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

OTTAWA - A Supreme Court hearing on what it would take to reform or abolish Canada's Senate is coming in the nick of time for the much-maligned upper ...

How Quebec Abolished Its 'Senate'

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - It was a case of political payola for the ages. A guaranteed salary for life, to two-dozen politicians, if they would perform the ultimate ...

Lawyer Tries Something New

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

OTTAWA - The suspensions of three senators will be invalidated if the government retroactively changes the law to preclude them from the parliamentary...

Let's Follow Saskatchewan's Lead and Move to Abolish the Senate

Diane Francis | Posted 11.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Saskatchewan is one of the richest jurisdictions in Canada, second only to Alberta, and has once more lit a firestorm that may sweep the west and profoundly change Canada's politics. Like the launch of public health care and refusal to let foreigners buy Potash Corporation, Saskatchewan led the nation with its initiative to abolish the Canadian Senate.

Harper's Keynote at CPC13 - A Make Or Break Moment For The Tories?

Emma Pullman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Emma Pullman

In perhaps the most significant line of his keynote Harper proclaimed, "As Conservatives, we believe that actions have consequences." Harper might not realize it, but this is perhaps the most telling line of the weekend and goes to the core of the Senate scandal. Opinion polls have slammed Harper for his handling of the scandal, and delegates at this conference have called for him to take responsibility and accept the consequences.

How To Ensure the Senate Scandal Mess Doesn't Happen Again

Duff Conacher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Duff Conacher

A fair compromise concerning pay for suspended senators and other politicians would be to establish a rule that if a politician is found guilty of the alleged violation, they would be required to return any pay received after the allegation was first made.