Senators say reform ‘now up to us’ after Supreme Court slams door on PM’s hopes for quick-fix Senate reforms, abolition

Prime Minister Stephen Harper washed his hands Friday of attempts to reform the Senate with elections and term limits and said Senate reform is ‘off the table’ after a jolting setback from the Supreme Court of Canada.

Liberal Senator James Cowan told The Hill Times that Senate reform is now up to Senators themselves. ‘The court said that our primary job is the review of legislation, that’s our job, and a properly functioning Senate needs to be more independent than it is, now we need to do that, we need to put our money where our mouth is and become more independent.’ The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

By Tim Naumetz

PUBLISHED : Friday, April 25, 2014 10:12 PM

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