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Senate in action is a sight to behold

By Sheila Copps      

When Senate decisions are popular, there is no collision course with democracy. But when they are not so popular, all hell will break loose.

In the short term, they have been absolutely right. The amendments proposed by the Senate are logical, defensible and designed to improve the assisted-dying legislation. They are also eerily similar to amendments proposed by opposition members and defeated in the House of Commons. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

OTTAWA—The Senate in action is a sight to behold. For the first time in years, the public has had a glimpse into the good work that goes on in the Red Chamber on a regular basis. It is hard to remember any recent Senate discussion that did not involve spending irregularities and potential embarrassment. So the fine work done on the assisted dying legislation has exposed a side of the Senate that the public needs to see more

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