Quebec federalist joins Senate
André Pratte has also been a constant advocate of a return to the constitutional table to deal with Quebec's place in the federation but also to modernize Canada's institutions. If Trudeau was looking to appoint a federalist contrarian from his home province to the Senate, Pratte fits the bill in more ways than one.
Absent the collective recognition on the part of its independent members that a merit-based Senate still lacks the legitimacy of an elected one, the Upper House has the potential to become a bigger plague on Canadian voters and their representatives than its previous partisan incarnation, writes Chantal Hébert. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright