Canada Senate

Duffy's Transformation From Teen DJ To Embattled Senator

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Politics

Mike Duffy has come a long way since his teen disc jokey days.

Almost 300 People Nominated To Be Senators Under New Process

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Politics

The nominees were 49 per cent female.

Zi-Ann Lum

New Names Won't Fix 'Systemic' Problems In Senate: Democracy Watch | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Politics

"Anyone who is appointed to the Senate by a Liberal prime minister... is a Liberal appointee, not an independent senator."

Why I Would Make A Great Senator

David Martin | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

Dear Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments: I hear that you're looking for a few good men (and women, too, of course) to quickly fill five Senate seats from the provinces with the most vacancies, namely Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Luckily for you folks, I'm available right now.

Senate Transformation A Work In Progress, Ministers Say

CP | Joan Bryden , The Canadian Press | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Politics

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef acknowledged some matters have not yet been worked out.

A Canadian View Of The Scalia Replacement Controversy

Michael Plaxton | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Michael Plaxton

To Canadian eyes, there is something both familiar and strange about the controversy surrounding President Obama's authority to name a replacement for Antonin Scalia. The issue is familiar because, last year, then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Russell Brown to the Supreme Court of Canada only 6 weeks before the federal election (having announced that he would do so a few days before Parliament was dissolved). Examining both cases can help us learn key differences between our two governments.

Senate To Study Rules Surrounding Driverless Cars, Garneau Says

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Politics

A senate committee will look into regulatory, policy and technical issues that need to be addressed so that Canada can safely and smoothly make the transition to self-driving vehicles.

N.B. Senator Officially Quits Liberals

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Politics

Sen. Pierrette Ringuette will sit as an independent, effective immediately.

Want To Get Into The Senate? Applications Are Now Open

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Politics

There are currently 22 open spots for senators, and the Senate is looking to fill five right away.

Mike Duffy And George Costanza Share A Foolproof Legal Defence

Peter Landry | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

Duffy's defence -- which I will refer to as "The Costanza" -- may become a standard courtroom tactic should his lawyers succeed. This new legal principle would hold that one is innocent unless the law, social behaviour and even etiquette are explicitly explained in advance in each case.

Don Meredith Still Sitting In Senate, Making Some Uneasy

CBC | Hannah Thibedeau, CBC News | Posted 12.12.2015 | Canada Politics

Don Meredith faces a police investigation over allegations of sexual misconduct involving a teenaged girl.

Tory Senators Take First Steps To Making Upper House Less Partisan

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Politics

Sen. Claude Carignan introduced a motion that would authorize inviting cabinet ministers to take part in the daily question period in the red chamber.

B.C. Premier Right To Oppose Trudeau's Senate Plans, But She's Doing It Wrong

Rafe Mair | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Rafe Mair

That the present Senate is a bad joke, especially to British Columbia -- which has but two more seats than Prince Edward Island and four fewer than New Brunswick -- goes without saying. The temptation to simply say to hell with it is very strong indeed.

Clark Slams PM's Plans To 'Legitimize' Senate That 'Doesn't Work'

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"We won't endorse it."

5 Things To Know About The New Senate Appointment Process

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Politics

The Trudeau government announced a new process for Senate appointments Thursday.

Premier Issues Terse Reaction To Liberal Senate Appointment Changes

CP | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"Our position has not changed: the Senate should be fixed or folded but we should not be distracted by it."

Trudeau Poised To Unveil Advisory Board For Senate Nominees

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Politics

"The Senate needs to change. We need to end the partisan nature of the Senate."

Althia Raj

Senate Speaker Denies 'Salacious Rumours' He Leaked AG Report | Althia Raj | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Politics

Leo Housakos said it was unfortunate that he had to respond to “unfounded, unsubstantiated allegations being made by un-named sources.”

Althia Raj

Senate Speaker Leaked Auditor General's Report: Sources | Althia Raj | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Politics

”These leaks violate all senators' fundamental right to the presumption of innocence and due process.”

Trudeau Hasn't Reached Out To Top Senators After Kicking Them Out

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.08.2015 | Canada Politics

What Trudeau decides to do now with the upper chamber will have wider implications for the Senate and the Liberal legislative agenda.

Pamela Wallin Can Return To Senate When Parliament Resumes

CBC | Posted 11.01.2015 | Canada Politics

Wallin and fellow senators Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau saw their suspensions from the Senate end with the dissolution of the last Parliament.

Tory Majority In Senate Could Give Trudeau Trouble

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Politics

"I don't have any responsibility to pass Liberal legislation."

Harper Received Emails About Don Meredith Allegations

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Politics

"Man o man…couldn't you have put some half decent people on the Senate payroll?"

Duffy Affair Shows Importance of Election-Time Civic Skepticism

Steven Zhou | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Steven Zhou

To the world, Canada looks like heaven. What the world envisions when they think of Canada is not immigration detention centres or deportation. So, while the world mourns the loss of Abdullah Kurdi's family, we Canadians must ask ourselves, do we not have an obligation to live up to the global expectations we have created? Do we not have an obligation to rise to the occasion and create the asylum innocent families fleeing war-torn Syria, Iraq and other regions so desperately need?

Lawyer Takes On PM's Senate Moratorium

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada Politics

There are currently 22 vacancies in the 105-seat chamber.