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A top Tory critic casts doubt on the new process for picking senators.
Maryam Monsef says the process is taking longer than expected.
'It's the proverbial lipstick on a pig.'
More than 80 prominent Canadian women are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to seize a "historic opportunity" to build
If Trudeau wants to avoid allowing obvious, pointed questions to fester and undermine the momentum he has captured on Senate reform, he should now do four things to clarify the decidedly vague promises he has made to establish a new appointment process, and to make at least some of the other Senate changes that the Supreme Court of Canada rules Parliament can do alone.
Despite what may be the best of intentions, Justin Trudeau has not reformed the Senate.It's hard to see how turning 32 "Liberal Senators" into 32 "Senate Liberals" (as they are now called) really changes much. The real leadership that Trudeau has shown, which lies in the substance of Trudeau's forward proposals -- the one that truly would reform the Senate into the future -- has barely been mentioned. It's what Justin Trudeau has proposed for the future that would truly change the Senate, it's makeup, and its value to the Canadian people.
In a surprise move, Justin Trudeau has completely changed the debate over what to do about the Senate. By removing his 32
Some are calling it a brilliant move. Some are saying it foreshadows more ugly developments to come in the Senate expense
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.
The only antidote to restoring public trust in the wake of the Senate expenses scandal is to "raise the bar" and make parliamentarians