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Cohen: Yes, Mr. Trudeau, you CAN fix the Senate

Ottawa Citizen - ‎May 17, 2016‎
Here is another timeless truth: The Senate of Canada cannot be changed. It is beyond reform, renewal, repair or redemption.
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Justin Trudeau continues push for assisted dying bill by June 6; Rae, Martin disagree - ‎8 hours ago‎
But he said that doesn't preclude senators from acting with haste on the bill to avoid a legal void after June 6. “I have confidence that the more independent and thoughtful Senate is going to do right by the responsibilities that Canadians expect it ...

'Rushed' assisted-dying legislation to face strong opposition in the Senate - ‎May 28, 2016‎
The Liberal government's doctor-assisted dying legislation will face strong resistance in the Red Chamber, not only from the Tories, but from the very senators expected to help usher the bill through the Senate. Liberal Senators Jim Cowan, Mobina ...

Speaking Social Licence In The Senate

Mondaq News Alerts (registration) - ‎May 17, 2016‎
On April 20, Alan Ross, a partner in BLG's Calgary office, was invited to offer his insight to the Senate of Canada's Transport and Communications Committee on their ongoing study of the transport of crude oil in Canada. At its essence, social licence ...

Thanks, Mike, the cheque's in the mail!

Toronto Sun - ‎21 hours ago‎
If there were any justice in the entitled world of the Senate, retired Liberal Senator Mac Harb, and Tory Senator Pamela Wallin, would be cutting cheques to Mike Duffy to put towards his legal fees. They owe him more than just a cheap bottle of plonk ...

Former TRC chair calls for creation of national council for indigenous people

National Post - ‎May 26, 2016‎
OTTAWA - Sen. Murray Sinclair, the former justice and chair of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, wants the government to create a federally funded national council for indigenous people.

Parliament could be recalled in July as Senate pushback delays assisted death law

CTV News - ‎May 22, 2016‎
The government may be forced to bring MPs back to the House of Commons after the Canada Day long weekend to vote on the controversial doctor-assisted death legislation, CTV News has learned.

Despite naysayers, yes, you can fix Senate

Camrose Canadian - ‎May 19, 2016‎
Here is another timeless truth: The Senate of Canada cannot be changed. It is beyond reform, renewal, repair or redemption.
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Senate expenses scandal winds down in Canada - ‎May 20, 2016‎
He repaid $231,000 in housing expenses that were under investigation. This follows Sen. Mike Duffy being cleared of 31 charges of defrauding the Canadian government last month during a 62-day trial. Only one case remains, with Patrick Brazeau facing ...
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Trudeau's whiners

Toronto Sun - ‎May 28, 2016‎
If there's one thing that's hard to take from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals - Canada's natural governing party, as they prefer to call themselves - it's their perpetual self-righteousness and hypocrisy.
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For the record: Stephen Harper's lasting legacy - ‎May 26, 2016‎
It was a very Canadian approach. What a lot of people don't realize is how attuned he was to basic MP democratic expression.
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Senators want changes to assisted suicide Bill C-14 before Parliament votes

The Catholic Register - ‎May 25, 2016‎
Batters said Canadians have shown consistently in polling and in the number of witnesses the Senate committee heard they “expect terminal illness and end-of-life be required” to access assisted death. The present wording of a “reasonably foreseeable ...

The Press Gallery at 150: A year before Confederation, 'knights of the quill' were on the Hill

Ottawa Citizen - ‎May 28, 2016‎
George C. Holland, an entrepreneur and official Senate reporter for the first 40 years of Parliament, described it this way: “The public buildings stood in isolated majesty on Parliament Hill, forming three sides of a square the south side of which was ...
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Key developments in Sen. Pamela Wallin's expense controversy

MetroNews Canada - ‎May 19, 2016‎
1, 2013: Documents filed in court by the RCMP explicitly allege Wallin ``did commit breach of trust in connection with the duties of office'' and ``by deceit, falsehood or other fraudulent means defrauded the Senate of Canada of money by filing ...
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The Liberals are blowing a chance to ease internal trade (subscription) - ‎May 27, 2016‎
If federal lawyers are perplexed about the decision, Bains should refer the matter to the Supreme Court of Canada in much of the same way the Harper government put the tough constitutional issue of Senate reform before the country's top court ...

Ministers defend assisted dying bill amid push back from grassroots Liberals (subscription) - ‎May 27, 2016‎
“To be very honest … we considered it, but how I feel is that we've been asked by the Supreme Court of Canada to do our job,” Wilson-Raybould told delegates at the Liberal party's first convention since taking power last fall.

Senator worried about destruction of residential school abuse evidence

National Observer - ‎May 25, 2016‎
The institutions were normally run by Christian churches from the 1940s until the 1990s. Sinclair, who was recently appointed to the Canadian Senate, said that the right of people to view government records is important is important since the truth ...

A Spur-Of-The-Moment Decision Turned Me Canadian

Huffington Post Canada - ‎May 27, 2016‎
I lived in downtown Toronto and reverse-commuted to Ford of Canada's Head Office (which was a far less onerous prospect in 1986 than in 2016).
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Liberals unveiling new panel to oversee Canadian spy agencies

Toronto Star - ‎May 27, 2016‎
With a maximum of four weeks left before Parliament breaks for the barbecue circuit, Leblanc said that the government won't try to pass the legislation in a rush. Instead, it will go through the normal process of committee hearings and Senate study.