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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A number of unions have registered as third party advertisers in the lead up to the October election, but PSAC, PIPSC and CUPW, all big spenders in 2015, haven't locked down their exact spending goals yet.
Liberal MP Steve MacKinnon, who spoke for all but one Liberal on the committee, says a comprehensive account on the affair is already in the public record, pointing to 13 hours of committee testimony and the commissioner