Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's strategy to create a non-partisan and more independent Upper Chamber also means Senators will have to be involved in the front end of the policy process. It's a whole new ballgame.
Lobbyists like Robin Sears, left, and Tim Powers say many of their peers see value in attending summer caucus retreats of political parties, but also say that they're not always worthwhile. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
Despite a history of lobbyists being around for such functions, Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux, parliamentary secretary to the government House leader, says they might be ‘wasting time’ heading out to the Liberal retreat in Saguenay, Que., in August.
The physician-assisted suicide bill served notice to the government that a true independent Senate is rising from the ashes of the traditional party-controlled Upper Chamber, and if the Senate continues to use these newfound freedoms responsibly, it will become an extremely useful component in the legislative process. It's a whole new world.