The numbers mean the next Parliament could be a turning point for Senate reform, says Sen. Tony Dean, but ‘there’s no scenario where it’s a slam dunk for anybody.’
If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wins another term, he’ll be able to further enshrine his approach to appointments with 24 Senators scheduled to retire in the next four years. But Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer could also easily stem that tide if he forms government.
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Canada’s next prime minister could appoint at least 24 new Senators, giving the country’s future leader the power to solidify the new approach to appointing Senators ushered in by the Liberals, or revert back to the old patronage system.
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Conservative MP Peter Kent calls the The National's four host configuration 'a messy format', while NDP MP Peter Julian says the four hosts have been effective in 'putting forward often very courageous positions.'
A House Government Operations and Estimates Committee report highlights a lack of tools and services available to military members and veterans to help them navigate the federal public service hiring process.
'It’s important for me to let you know that this is an election year, but the work won’t stop. The work continues until the writ drops for 35 days,' Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett said.
Though divisive politics has become a regular feature of political culture in Canada, thanks in part to the rhetoric from the country's southern neighbours, some MPs say there's been pushback to that kind of messaging.