Canada Senators

Senators, Leafs Pay Tribute To Slain Soldiers

CBC | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada

The Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs gathered at the National War Memorial on Sunday to pay their respects to fallen soldiers, including Cpl. N...

The Senate Reference Decision Reeks of Legal Elitism

Mark Friedman | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Friedman

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.

"His Worship Rob Ford": Is It Time to Ditch Honorifics?

Lee Tunstall | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Lee Tunstall

Currently in Canada, Senators, Supreme or Federal Court judges, and privy councillors are allowed to use the honorific of "Honourable." The trio of senators who have been suspended without pay -- Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau -- all retain their honorific titles of "The Honourable Senator" while under suspension. Stripped of their salaries, offices and budgets, it seems oddly Canadian to allow them to retain these clearly meaningless titles. So should we in Canada also move to do away with honorific titles completely? Should there be no more "Honourables" or "Worships" at all?

Ottawa Can't Abolish Senate Solo: N.B.

CBC | Posted 10.31.2013 | Canada Politics

Despite moving ahead with its own plan to elect senators, the New Brunswick government is arguing the federal government can’t reform the Upper Cham...

Don't Abolish Senators, Choose Better Ones

Glen Pearson | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

What is happening in both the House of Commons and the Senate at the moment represents a serious enough threat to our democracy that we require remedial efforts in real time, far in advance of whatever constitutional refinements to these institutions that might lie in the future. Our focus should be upon the selection process for Senators, at least in the interim.

Canada's Biggest Problem Could Be "Extractive Elites"

Diane Francis | Posted 04.26.2013 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Debates about debt are noisy and nasty and extend across the developed world. Squeaky wheels get the oil, or escape cuts to their spending, but the solution is unaddressed and improperly framed. The issue is about "extractive elites" -- who they are and what to do about them.

Media Bites: How Do We Solve a Problem Like the Senate?

J.J. McCullough | Posted 04.13.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg It's unfair to judge an entire country by its worst failing. Brazeau might not be the Senate's most representative member, but in a nation whose potential for success remains perennially suppressed by the tyranny of timid ambition, the Senate is surely our most representative problem.

Confusion Mounts Over Senate Residency Rules

CP | Joan Bryden and Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Controversy over Mike Duffy's Senate housing allowance has mushroomed into a bigger question — whether he's entitled to sit in the Senate a...

It's Been A Bad Year For The Senate

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - It's been a rough year for Canada's upper house.Thursday's ouster of Sen. Patrick Brazeau from the Conservative caucus after reports of a dom...

Want Info On The Senate? Good Luck

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.28.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - When Moncton's Pascal Raiche-Nogue wanted to know how often senators from New Brunswick showed up for work, he found it near impossible to pu...

The Senate Vote on C-10 was a Crime

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 05.03.2012 | Canada
Supriya Dwivedi

Much like I can veto my best friend from buying a skirt I know she'll never wear, the Senate can veto parliamentary legislation as it sees fit. In fact, in the past, this veto power has been used pretty haphazardly, so why didn't the Senate veto Bill C-10? Perhaps it is because there is no pressure from Conservative ministers to kill the bill.

Althia Raj

Former Cop And Failed Tory Candidate Among New Senators

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 01.07.2012 | Canada Politics

A former cop and failed Conservative candidate will be the Tories’ new defenders of controversial crime legislation as study of the bill is finished...

The Senate's Magnificent Seven?

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.07.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Ottawa's chief of police, a former Conservative MP and the first woman electee to the upper chamber are among seven new Conservative Senate a...

Althia Raj

Senators Cut Trip After Approving Record Travel Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 01.17.2012 | Canada Politics

Despite approving a record high of $1.8 million for Senate committees to travel, a group of senators decided Thursday to send a strong message to thei...

What I Learned From My Sister

David Frum | Posted 12.23.2011 | Canada Politics
David Frum

My wife comments that I am one of nature's pessimists. I don't deny that people will sometimes act kindly. I just don't expect it. Linda is very different. She sees the best in people, makes the widest allowance for human failings, and is always ready to believe in the possibility of change and improvement.

Senate Reform Brings Power to the People

Sen. Bert Brown | Posted 12.06.2011 | Canada
Sen. Bert Brown

Democratic elections by provinces of their future senators would change the focus of its members away from the two-party system that the Senate was not intended to be. For the first time since confederation, our current prime minister is trying to do just this.