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‘Last thing we need is a straitjacket’: Sen. Harder calls for flexible rules in Senate reform, as government mulls new bill

By Beatrice Paez      

The government representative in the Senate says he wants to see the Senate Modernization Committee 'achieve a consensus' this fall on reform recommendations, which would help inform the creation of a government bill to change the Parliament of Canada Act.

Senator Peter Harder, the government's representative in the Senate, wants the Upper Chamber's Special Committee on Senate Modernization to consider the idea of establishing a business management committee, which would be responsible for scheduling legislative debates. The Hill Times file photograph

The push to reform the Senate should lead to rules that are “flexible and permissive enough to work for all Senators,” regardless of which party assumes power after the 2019 election, said Senator Peter Harder, the government’s representative in the Upper Chamber, at a committee meeting on Wednesday.

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