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Senators say reform ‘now up to us’ after Supreme Court slams door on PM’s hopes for quick-fix Senate reforms, abolition

Prime Minister Stephen Harper washed his hands Friday of attempts to reform the Senate with elections and term limits and said Senate reform is ‘off the table’ after a jolting setback from the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Liberal Senator James Cowan told The Hill Times that Senate reform is now up to Senators themselves. ‘The court said that our primary job is the review of legislation, that’s our job, and a properly functioning Senate needs to be more independent than it is, now we need to do that, we need to put our money where our mouth is and become more independent.’

 

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Senators say reform ‘now up to us’ after Supreme Court slams door on PM’s hopes for quick-fix Senate reforms, abolition

Prime Minister Stephen Harper washed his hands Friday of attempts to reform the Senate with elections and term limits and said Senate reform is ‘off the table’ after a jolting setback from the Supreme Court of Canada.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Liberal Senator James Cowan told The Hill Times that Senate reform is now up to Senators themselves. ‘The court said that our primary job is the review of legislation, that’s our job, and a properly functioning Senate needs to be more independent than it is, now we need to do that, we need to put our money where our mouth is and become more independent.’

 

  

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Monday, September 1, 2014
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Remembering Devon Jacobs Aug. 19, 2014

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Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

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Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

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Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

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Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

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