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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.

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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.

  

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Sunday, December 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

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