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Canada faces a ‘constitutional crisis’ if Senators’ residency scandal proves widespread, says former Senator Murray

AG’s report last spring prompts review of Senators’ expenses over next few years, says Tory Sen. David Tkachuk.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative Senators pictured in the Upper Chamber. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has asked the Supreme Court whether the government has the constitutional authority to unilaterally change the Senate, but it could open up further problems, say some experts.

Retired senator Lowell Murray says the latest scandals ensnaring the Upper Chamber are “tragic” controversies that have unfairly tainted public opinion of his former colleagues, but he concedes that Canada would face a “constitutional crisis” if the Senate’s Internal Economy Committee discovers a widespread pattern of Senators representing provinces that they don’t reside in.

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Canada faces a ‘constitutional crisis’ if Senators’ residency scandal proves widespread, says former Senator Murray

AG’s report last spring prompts review of Senators’ expenses over next few years, says Tory Sen. David Tkachuk.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative Senators pictured in the Upper Chamber. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has asked the Supreme Court whether the government has the constitutional authority to unilaterally change the Senate, but it could open up further problems, say some experts.

Retired senator Lowell Murray says the latest scandals ensnaring the Upper Chamber are “tragic” controversies that have unfairly tainted public opinion of his former colleagues, but he concedes that Canada would face a “constitutional crisis” if the Senate’s Internal Economy Committee discovers a widespread pattern of Senators representing provinces that they don’t reside in.

  

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Sunday, September 21, 2014
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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.
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The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
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GRIC directors feel the chill.
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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.
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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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