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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.

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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
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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