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Time for a new, 2020 Senate

By Patrice Dutil      

The Trudeau model was not an effective reform of the Senate. It was an answer to a non-problem. The burning issue on the Senate has always been one of representation, not one of expertise.

Members of the Senate Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration, pictured on May 9, 2019, meeting in the Senate of Canada Building. The Senate should contribute to help Parliament reflect the popular vote, by province or region. This is an easy reform the government should commit to. The parties in opposition should demand it, writes Patrice Dutil. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—Canada’s democracy has been shaken again. As a result of the past election, the party that won the most votes leads the opposition while the third party in the House vows to break up the country. The leader of the fourth party—84 per cent of Canadians voted against it—promises to blackmail the governing party.

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Disaggregated data key to ensuring representative workplaces, say experts, as PMO skirts Black staff statistic

The PMO declined to provide a specific breakdown of self-identified Black staffers among cabinet offices when asked, but says it plans to circulate further voluntary surveys to better understand its staff ‘later this sum

Argentina, Chile, DRC, Hungary, and Madagascar say they backed Canada’s UN Security Council bid, but closest allies are silent

News|By Neil Moss
The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand were among 17 countries that wouldn't comment on whether they backed Canada's recent bid for a Security Council seat.

Cultural assessments needed for sentencing reform, say advocates, amid calls to address high Black incarceration rates

Justice advocates agree with the Black Parliamentary Caucus’ recent call for pre-sentencing reports, similar to the Gladue reports for Indigenous offenders, to be used for racialized Canadians.

Feds should more clearly verify who is allowed to repay student loans at reduced rates, says auditor general

News|By Palak Mangat
According to an auditor general report, ESDC 'did not properly check the accuracy of applications.'

Poor data, deficiencies in case management to blame for slow pace in enforcing deportation orders, says auditor general

News|By Beatrice Paez
According to CBSA, most of the cases in its 'wanted' inventory involve individuals 'considered a low risk to public safety and are not an agency priority.'

Canada needs to protect Arctic sovereignty to confront emboldened Putin, say MP and expert

News|By Neil Moss
Liberal MP John McKay says there will be 'incursions and intrusions and aggressive actions taken increasingly in the Arctic' by Russia.

New order granting diplomatic privileges to African Union officials a ‘positive step,’ say former diplomats

The timing of the new status order—coming days before countries, including the 55 AU member nations, voted on Canada’s bid for the UN Security Council seat—is notable, say former diplomats.

StatsCan to share monthly death data, says official

News|By Palak Mangat
'We will not be able to make a determination as to whether those deaths were the result of something, but other analysts might be able to look at those questions,' says Jeff Latimer of Statistics Canada.

Next Conservative leader must stop internal sniping before it becomes a ‘cancer’ that will destroy the party, say political insiders

News|By Abbas Rana
‘Unity is the way to go’ should be the marching orders from the new leadership to all Conservative Party members, says Keith Beardsley, former deputy chief to former prime minister Stephen Harper.
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