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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.

  

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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