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Sitting Alberta Senators mixed on planned provincial nominee vote that raises constitutional questions

By Samantha Wright Allen      

With one spot vacant, and another opening in March 2021, observers say political and legal considerations make it unlikely a Liberal prime minister would appoint any winners of the fall 2021 vote.

Alberta Senators Scott Tannas and Douglas Black, who came to the Senate after being elected, both support the planned elections while Independent Senator Paula Simons said the move is in opposition to the current ‘radical’ reform to the Red Chamber. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, courtesy of Sen. Simons.

Next fall, the Alberta government plans to hold Senate nominee elections in the first contest since a 2014 Supreme Court decision on the subject. However, an election is likely a “wasted” and expensive exercise, said one constitutional expert, and would almost certainly face legal challenge—an assessment that has divided some of Alberta’s Red Chamber representatives. 

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


One hopeful Tory candidate wants the Ottawa-Beijing relationship on the ballot

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News|By Neil Moss
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RCMP neck-hold review ‘ongoing’ four months after Lucki’s promise

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MPs pass Conservative motion to initiate expansive committee study on feds’ pandemic response, despite Liberals’ objections

News|By Palak Mangat
A number of Liberals abstained from voting on an amendment that extended the government's timeline for disclosing documents sought under the motion.

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