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Time for an elected Senate

Re: "PM could reopen old constitutional wounds with Senate reforms, experts say," (The Hill Times, May 23, p. 1). There are a couple of factual inaccuracies in this report. It stated that no province other than Alberta had indicated a willingness to go along with the scheme to permit provinces to hold elections for Senators (as was proposed in Bill S-8 during the last session of Parliament). This is not the case. The B.C. Liberal Party has a standing policy on the books to bring in legislation to allow for the election of Senators, and nearly all of those who ran in the B.C. leadership race, including current Premier Christy Clark, pledged their support for the policy. Moreover, so too has the Saskatchewan government as far back as 2008.

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Time for an elected Senate

Re: "PM could reopen old constitutional wounds with Senate reforms, experts say," (The Hill Times, May 23, p. 1). There are a couple of factual inaccuracies in this report. It stated that no province other than Alberta had indicated a willingness to go along with the scheme to permit provinces to hold elections for Senators (as was proposed in Bill S-8 during the last session of Parliament). This is not the case. The B.C. Liberal Party has a standing policy on the books to bring in legislation to allow for the election of Senators, and nearly all of those who ran in the B.C. leadership race, including current Premier Christy Clark, pledged their support for the policy. Moreover, so too has the Saskatchewan government as far back as 2008.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 27, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Vickers honoured at Douglas C. Frith dinner April 2, 2015

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The Château Laurier Ballroom was packed on Tuesday, March 31 for the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians dinner.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The evening began with RCMP Cpl. Craig Kennedy's rendition of O Canada.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers was recognized as an honorary member of CAFP for his heroism as the Sergeant at Arms during the Oct. 22 shooting.
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Peter O'Brian, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett and Steve Paikin.
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Rob Nicholson and former Liberal MP Sue Barnes.
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Conservative MP Dean Allison.
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Kevin Vickers and Conservative MP Ray Boughen.
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International Union of Operating Engineers' Steven Schumann and Canadian Labour's Nathan Rotman.
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House Deputy Speaker Joe Comartin.
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Mary Dawson, Senator David Smith, and Sharon Sholzberg-Gray.
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Senator Art Eggleton and Conservative MP Earl Dreeshen.
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Independent MP Brent Rathgeber in conversation with TVO's Steve Paikin.
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Andrew Cardozo, Pearson Centre president.
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Conservative MP Jay Aspin and Kevin Vickers.
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Lobbyist Leo Duguay.
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TVO host and author Steve Paikin gave an impassioned speech on what he's learned about the allure of public life.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE