Canada Senate

Liberals Introduce New Vaping Legislation

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Politics

The time has come for federal regulation, the government says.

Police Leader Among 6 New Senators

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada Politics

Prime Minister Trudeau is reportedly poised to make the announcements.

The Election That Really Matters Is At The Bottom Of The Ballot

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

The down-ballot race going on right now isn't getting the attention it deserves. Not good, because the stakes are very, very high. So unless voters want the next four years to look like the last eight, they better show up at voting booths and pay as much attention to the bottom of the ballot as they do to the top.

Senators Want To Bring Canada's Upper Chamber Into The 21st Century

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Politics

Some ideas on upgrading the Senate have been debated for years.

Trudeau's Reform Plan Has Paved The Way For An Independent Senate

Bruce Carson | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Carson

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.

Changes To Senate Appointment Process Aim To Give Canadians A Voice

Vikram Vij | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Vikram Vij

There's not much time left for applications -- the August 4th deadline is not far off, and you need to get letters of recommendation together, as well as the usual paperwork -- but I urge you to think hard about who YOU think would make a great addition to the Senate and get applications in ahead of the deadline.

You Can Now Apply To Be One Of Canada's Next Senators

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Politics

The deadline to apply is Aug. 4.

Althia Raj

Senators Try To Prove Their Worth In Assisted Dying Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Politics

“We were not appointed to govern."

Senators Rip Apart 'Indefensible' Assisted Dying Bill

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Politics

Jane Philpott repeatedly went into what she called "plead mode," urging senators to meet the deadline.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 12.03.2016 | Canada Politics

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

Premier Issues Terse Reaction To Liberal Senate Appointment Changes

CP | Posted 12.03.2016 | Canada British Columbia

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