‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’: can Trudeau entrench his new Senate before the election?
By Peter MazereeuwFeb. 4, 2019
Sticking the changes in an omnibus budget bill would, once again, break a Liberal promise to stop that practice. It's also one of few ways the government could short-cut through another Senate study and packed legislative schedule.
Government House Leader Bardish Chagger and Government Senate Representative Peter Harder, centre, will be tasked with introducing and shepherding legislation to change the Parliament of Canada Act, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he wants passed before the summer. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, file photograph
The Liberal government may have to get its hands dirty if it wants to enshrine into law the new, multi-group dynamic in the Red Chamber before the next federal election.
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