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The rise of the independent Senate, get used to it

By Joe Jordan      

The physician-assisted suicide bill served notice to the government that a true independent Senate is rising from the ashes of the traditional party-controlled Upper Chamber, and if the Senate continues to use these newfound freedoms responsibly, it will become an extremely useful component in the legislative process. It's a whole new world.

Senators on the National Security Committee, pictured in this file photo. Already sensitive to 'trained seal' comparisons, an independently acting Senate could further reinforce the analogy and the Prime Minister’s Office and House leadership will have to be extremely careful as they manage this element, writes Joe Jordan. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

OTTAWA—Not only did the Senate’s treatment of Bill C-14, Medical Assistance in Dying, provide Canadians with a very thoughtful and refreshing level of debate on an important issue, it also served notice to the government that a true independent Senate is rising from the ashes of the traditional party-controlled Upper Chamber, and if the Senate continues to use these newfound freedoms responsibly, it will become an extremely useful component in the legislative process.

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‘There’s a risk of excessive polarization of the party’: Harper’s interference in Conservative leadership dividing Conservatives

News|By Abbas Rana
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News|By Abbas Rana
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News|By Neil Moss
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News|By Mike Lapointe
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News|By Palak Mangat
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News|By Mike Lapointe
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News|By Neil Moss
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