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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
Friday, October 24, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE