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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.’

 

  

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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