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Some Senators have blown past their 21-day limit for unexplained absences from the Red Chamber as the historically-long parliamentary session has dragged on, racking up fines of $250 for every day beyond the limit. The Parliament of Canada Act allows Senators and MPs to miss 21 sitting days per session of Parliament before they are hit with a fine for each additional day they miss. Days missed because of illness or “public business”—in other words, work related to

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Senators racked up fines for absences as parliamentary session dragged on

By Peter Mazereeuw      

It’s not clear if MPs are ever fined for missing time in the House, as their attendance record is based on an honour system.

Former Senate mace bearer Jan Potter and Senate Speaker George Furey lead the way into the Senate Chamber in 2016. Senators are fined $250 for each sitting day they miss once they go past a total of 21 days in a session of Parliament. This session is now one of the longest ever in Canada, and some Senators have gone past their limit. The Hill Times file photograph
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