Senators see their public bills as chance to fill gaps in government agenda
By Rachel AielloAug. 14, 2017
'I think they fill a real need,' says Liberal Sen. Jane Cordy.
Senators Raynell Andreychuk, Lillian Dyck, Jane Cordy, Diane Griffin, and Grant Mitchell. Senators say they’ve found over time that bills that are straightforward and uncontroversial have a better rate of success, as are bills where Senators are open to working with the governments on amendments that would make it agreeable. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright & courtesy of the Senate of Canada
PARLIAMENT HILL—Senate public bills provide an opportunity for Parliamentarians to fill legislative holes and tackle important public policy issues not on the government’s agenda, say Senators with public bills before the House of Commons.
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