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Tories' Senate reform reference to Supreme Court will divide country, says constitutional law professor

'Our government believes that the Senate must change in order to reach its full potential as a democratic institution serving Canadians,' says Democratic Reform Minister of State Tim Uppal.

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Senate reform, round eight: Bill S-7, the Senate Reform Act, if passed, will impose a nine year term limit on Senators and create a framework for provinces to elect Senators, from which the PM would select appointees. The government has referred six questions on Senate reform to the Supreme Court.

PARLIAMENT HILL—Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s surprise decision to ask the Supreme Court of Canada for an opinion about Bill C-7, the Senate Reform Bill, will divide the country, and is an attempt to divert voters from the fact the government has not moved the bill for debate for more than a year, says a constitutional law professor. The division may already have started, University of Ottawa law professor Errol Mendes told The Hill Times Monday.

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Tories' Senate reform reference to Supreme Court will divide country, says constitutional law professor

'Our government believes that the Senate must change in order to reach its full potential as a democratic institution serving Canadians,' says Democratic Reform Minister of State Tim Uppal.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Senate reform, round eight: Bill S-7, the Senate Reform Act, if passed, will impose a nine year term limit on Senators and create a framework for provinces to elect Senators, from which the PM would select appointees. The government has referred six questions on Senate reform to the Supreme Court.

PARLIAMENT HILL—Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s surprise decision to ask the Supreme Court of Canada for an opinion about Bill C-7, the Senate Reform Bill, will divide the country, and is an attempt to divert voters from the fact the government has not moved the bill for debate for more than a year, says a constitutional law professor. The division may already have started, University of Ottawa law professor Errol Mendes told The Hill Times Monday.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, February 2, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Book of Negroes screening on Parliament Hill Jan. 27, 2015

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Copies of Lawrence Hill's book, Book of Negroes.
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Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
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Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
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Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
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Conservative MPs Ray Boughen, Rob Clarke, John Barlow and Chris Warkentin.
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Heather Bradley and Aunjanue Ellis
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Heather Bradley and Aunjanue Ellis
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Aunjanue Ellis, star of Book of Negroes.

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