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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.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, October 24, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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