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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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Friday, February 27, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Hill media, staffers send off PMO's Jason MacDonald at the Métropolitain Brasserie's bar Feb. 20, 2015

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Bloomberg's Theo Argitis and PMO chief of staff Ray Novak.
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The PMO's outgoing Director of Communications Jason MacDonald.
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PMO executive assistant Stephen Staley, PMO special assistant Myles Atwood, and Tory Party national campaign manager Jenni Byrne.
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PMO deputy chief of staff Howard Anglin and Postmedia's Stephen Maher.
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The Ottawa Citizen's Jason Fekete with the man of the hour, Jason MacDonald.
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The Toronto Star's Tonda MacCharles.
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CBC's Chris Hall and Melissa Lantsman, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's director of communications.
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Michael White, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's policy director.

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