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Abolish The Senate: Brad Wall

SASKATOON - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, once a staunch supporter of a reformed federal Senate, has given up the fight.Wall says he now believes it would be easier to scrap Parliament's chamber of...

Media Bites: Are These Politicians Actually Journalists, or Vice Versa?

In modern Canada, alas, that critical detachment between press and politics -- the notion that these two worlds are incurably hostile parties locked in existential opposition -- seems to be steadily eroding, as notables on both sides make peace in a cozy truce. It's a tragedy because, as usual, it's the public interest that suffers the most from the vanity of the elite. Has reporter so-and-so stopped pursuing the prime minister quite so vigorously because he's pining for a patronage plum? Is columnist X hesitant to speak ill of the opposition leader lest he not sign her nomination forms someday?
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Senator: 'Enough Is Enough'

OTTAWA - "Colleagues, there can be no business as usual. Enough is enough."The clarion call from James Cowan, the Liberal leader in the Senate, came late Tuesday evening as Parliament's chamber of sob...
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Can The Senate Fire A Senator?

An expert on parliamentary rules says the Senate has the power to turf a senator from the chamber, as long as a majority approves the expulsion. Ned Franks, an emeritus political science professor at...
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Brazeau Vows To Fight On

OTTAWA - Patrick Brazeau insists he broke no rules when he claimed a generous Senate housing allowance and he's exploring all options to overturn an order to pay the money back.But the government's Se...
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Tories Toast Duffy

OTTAWA - The Harper government is praising Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy for showing "leadership" in the Senate expenses scandal.But Liberals say the Conservatives are protecting one of their own, tipp...
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Sharing The Blame

A Senate committee report released Thursday recommends that Liberal Senator Mac Harb and Independent Senator Patrick Brazeau repay housing and mileage claims for the past two years, and that their exp...
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Senators Asked To Repay Thousands

OTTAWA - Independent audits into dubious housing allowance claims by three senators did little Thursday to silence allegations of improper spending and cover-up hanging over Canada's much-maligned upp...
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Senator Ignored Advice On Office Romance

OTTAWA - Conservative Sen. Pierre-Hughes Boisvenu says the Senate ethics officer told him last year he couldn't keep his girlfriend on his office payroll, but he did nothing about it for six months.Bo...
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THIRD Tory Senator Refunds Expenses

OTTAWA - Another Conservative senator is refunding expenses following an examination of residency claims.The Senate's internal economy committee has issued a terse notice that Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisv...
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Motion To Abolish Senate DEFEATED

OTTAWA - A hotly debated New Democrat motion to begin the process of abolishing the Senate went down to defeat Wednesday, and the NDP wasted little time in savaging the Conservatives for rejecting it....
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Another Senate Reform Setback

OTTAWA - The federal government has suffered a legal setback as Quebec's Court of Appeal refused to suspend its review of Senate reforms.The Quebec government has asked it's highest judicial body to r...
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Motion To Abolish 'Useless' Senate

MPs are debating a non-binding NDP motion to eliminate the Senate, as controversy continues over the expenses claimed by some senators. Opposition parties are allotted a certain number of days every...
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Charlie Angus Talks Senate Expenses

MONTREAL - An opposition MP says a media report on a Conservative senator's expense claims is part of a disturbing pattern that points to bigger problems at the institution.New Democrat Charlie Angus...
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Not So Fast, Duffy

Mike Duffy's Prince Edward Island Senate seat may not be safe yet, with sources telling CBC News the committee seeking legal advice on his residency has yet to receive a response. Yesterday, Senate G...
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Duffy Declared Eligible For PEI Seat

Senator Mike Duffy is eligible for his Prince Edward Island seat in the Senate, his party's Senate leader said Thursday. A Senate committee looking at residency expenses had asked for legal advice on...
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New Rule For B.C. Senator Appointments?

VICTORIA - B.C.'s Liberal government has introduced — but doesn't intend to pass — legislation that would allow voters to elect Senate nominees.Attorney General Shirley Bond said Wednesday Elections B...