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Supreme Court’s decision on Senate's future could pit Ottawa against Atlantic Canada, says expert

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to ask the Supreme Court of Canada whether his government has the constitutional authority to unilaterally change the way Senators are selected, or to abolish the Senate with the support of at least seven provinces, will pit Ottawa against the Atlantic provinces and divide the country region against region, says a leading political scientist in Atlantic Canada.

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.

PARLIAMENT HILL—Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to ask the Supreme Court of Canada whether his government has the constitutional authority to unilaterally change the way Senators are selected, or to abolish the Senate with the support of at least seven provinces, will pit Ottawa against the Atlantic provinces and divide the country region against region, says a leading political scientist in Atlantic Canada.

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Supreme Court’s decision on Senate's future could pit Ottawa against Atlantic Canada, says expert

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to ask the Supreme Court of Canada whether his government has the constitutional authority to unilaterally change the way Senators are selected, or to abolish the Senate with the support of at least seven provinces, will pit Ottawa against the Atlantic provinces and divide the country region against region, says a leading political scientist in Atlantic Canada.

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.

PARLIAMENT HILL—Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to ask the Supreme Court of Canada whether his government has the constitutional authority to unilaterally change the way Senators are selected, or to abolish the Senate with the support of at least seven provinces, will pit Ottawa against the Atlantic provinces and divide the country region against region, says a leading political scientist in Atlantic Canada.

  

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Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

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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.
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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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