PM appealing to 'mob rule,' says Ned Franks.
Economic priorities mean this session of Parliament will be important, say players and analysts.
Queen's University professor Franks says about 80 per cent of bills introduced in House would have been introduced by either party, mostly 'housekeeping' bills.
Most bills still have significant hurdles and Commons committees to get through House yet.
Alberta Tory Senator Bert Brown calls it the 'Elton Override,' so Senate wouldn't overpower House, but Liberals say it would create impasse.
Expert says 'poisonous' environment exhausting for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Grit Leader StÃ©phane Dion.
Ned Franks says he's surprised by how little Parliament has discussed important public policy issues, like the environment.
But Conservatives say they're proceeding with 'successful' agenda.
Quebec Liberal Senator AurÃ©lien Gill has introduced a private member's bill to establish an aboriginal people's assembly within Parliament.
Currently, there are 14 Senate vacancies, but there will be 30 vacancies by the end of 2009.
Elections Canada says other parties were not questioned because parties made 'non-monetary' transfers.
There could be at least 30 vacancies by the end of 2009, a 'grave' situation as Canadians would be underrepresented and hopes to address it in Bill S-224, says Grit N.S. Senator Wilfred Moore.
It's the content of Tory Party's ads in question
Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand says bill could confuse voters.
Whips met last week to talk about cooperation in this particularly testy minority Parliament but show no results.
Leading Parliamentary expert Ned Franks says this Parliament is one of the worst he's ever seen.
But House Speaker Peter Milliken calls it a 'crisis' in House of Commons committees on the Hill.
Bills are at a standstill at House committees.
Conservatives say no to progress on 'in and out' investigation so long as Liberal books closed, too.