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'We don't have any backroom meetings,' Health Canada says as Food Guide consultations end

Kelvin Ogilvie, a Conservative senator who chaired a committee that examined obesity, also said it is critically important for Health Canada to get the new...

The hope for an elected Senate is dead, or at least fast asleep

Not only did he appoint Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin, Patrick Brazeau and Don Meredith, the four senators whose assorted controversies (justifiably or not) brought the...

Marijuana legalization has Quebec jail guard union worried about inmate violence

Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu is a member of the legal committee for the legalization of pot. He thinks smoking weed in prison could be used as...

Trudeau 'regrets' comments in Rolling Stone about Senator Patrick Brazeau

Facing accusations of using hurtful Indigenous stereotypes, the prime minister says he "regrets" comments he made about Senator Patrick Brazeau to Rolling Stone magazine. "I...

Senator wants Sandy Hill supervised injection site to offer drug replacement therapy

Conservative Senator Vernon White wants supervised injection sites, like the one planned for Sandy Hill, to offer drug replacement therapy to drug users. The former...

'We need political leadership': Senators call on premier to release jailed Muskrat Falls protesters

In an open letter to Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, the senators — Wanda Thomas Bernard, Lillian Dyck, Sandra Lovelace Nicholas, Murray Sinclair and...

Politician, teacher, heritage activist added to Order of PEI

The 2017 recipients of the Order of Prince Edward Island were announced on Friday. Catherine Callbeck of Central Bedeque is a former premier of P.E.I.,...

Yukon Senator Daniel Lang retiring from the upper chamber

Conservative Senator Daniel Lang is retiring from the red chamber six years early. Lang made the announcement in the Senate chamber Thursday as senators prepared...

Liberal ministers, MPs were 'accosting' senators to vote against amended budget bill, senator says

Nine Liberal senators — Joe Day, Lillian Dyck, Art Eggleton, Joan Fraser, Libbe Hubley, Serge Joyal, Terry Mercer, Jim Munson and Claudette Tardif — and...

Senate ethics officer Lyse Ricard resigns from post

The author of a damning report earlier this year that led to the eventual resignation of Sen. Don Meredith has herself resigned. Senate ethics officer...

Bid to split budget bill leads to Senate flip-flops and a warning from Morneau

Finance Minister Bill Morneau issued a veiled warning Thursday that the Trudeau government won't accept Senate changes to his budget bill — especially not carving...

Problems brewing for budget bill as senators take aim at annual alcohol tax hikes

Conservative New Brunswick Senator Percy Mockler said history suggests a modest increase to these "sin" taxes could have serious reverberations on the domestic alcohol industry,...

Senators hope 'landmark' study will help transform Canada's prison system

A Senate committee is touring prisons across the country and in other parts of the world as part of a two-year probe into the human...

Senator Nicole Eaton gave kidney through paired donation to help her husband

Senator Nicole Eaton's heart is on the mend, but the sudden death of her husband seven weeks ago is still fresh. Thor Eaton died in...

Senate committee report urges more investment in BC French education

But Senator Claudette Tardif, who chaired the committee, said "these are opportunities to improve upon a situation that is frankly unacceptable." "Francophone parents who have...

Tory senator wants to close 'troubling' election loophole on foreign funds

Conservative Senator Linda Frum is determined to stop the flow of foreign money into Canada for fear the funding of third party groups is unfairly...

Nigel Wright broke ethics rules during Mike Duffy affair: watchdog

Moreover, she says Wright broke another section of the act when he used his position as Harper's right-hand man to try to influence Conservative bagman...

Conservatives kick senator out of caucus ahead of dinner with Justin Trudeau

Greene has long had an independent streak, Harder said Tuesday, pointing to a report he authored with Liberal Quebec Senator Paul Massicotte in 2015 that...

Senator Colin Kenny faces review by Senate ethics officer

The Senate's ethics officer has launched a preliminary review of Senator Colin Kenny and his use of parliamentary resources for personal tasks, CBC's French-language service...

Manitoba MP stands behind bill aimed at deterring violence against Indigenous women

He was throwing his support behind Saskatchewan Senator Lillian Dyck's Bill S-215, which would amend the Criminal Code to make being an Aboriginal female victim...

'Wise owls': Senate issues children's book to explain role of Red Chamber

Senator Lynn Beyak ignited a firestorm of criticism recently for her views on the residential school system. A colleague, Conservative Nova Scotia Senator Kelvin Ogilvie,...

Ethics committee poised to rule on Don Meredith, as senator faces new sexual abuse allegations

Meredith, 52, was appointed as a Conservative senator by former prime minister Stephen Harper in 2010 before becoming a member of the Independent Senators Group.

Rotary gala raises hope — and money — for Salvation Army and Hope Air

The evening included a speech by George Furey, speaker of the Canadian Senate, a performance by comedian Trent McLellan (who's from Corner Brook) and was...

Senator Daniel Lang subject of workplace harassment allegations

(This story has been updated. Please see Corrections note below.) Conservative Yukon Senator Daniel Lang and his policy adviser were forced to fend off allegations...

Senator Beyak can complain about free speech all she wants. Fact is, she earned her demotion

Yet for some, Beyak included, the very idea of facing repercussions for speech amounts to a kind of threat to democracy. It's a tactic used...

Canada risks wrath of Trump if it doesn't boost defence cash: senators

We didn't make up the numbers," said Senator Colin Kenny, the former chair of the committee who was appointed as a Liberal. "The reality is:...

Late night email reveals Senate squabbles over Bombardier loan

However, the Senate's Hansard transcript shows that Housakos did not have time to call a vote on his motion. Rather, Bellemare, an Independent, stood to...

Sober second look? National portrait gallery gets bipartisan Senate support

On Tuesday Liberal Senator Serge Joyal, Conservative Paul McIntyre and Senator independents Patricia Bovey and Douglas Black sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau...

Conservative senators holding legislation 'hostage,' Trudeau's point ...

Relations between Senator Peter Harder, the prime minister's point man in the Senate, and Conservative senators have reached a new low, with accusations of ...and more »...

Conservative senators defend Lynn Beyak, as media called 'parasites'

Conservative Quebec Senator Ghislain Maltais, chair of the agriculture committee, told Beyak, "Every member of the caucus supports you." Maltais then left to bring in...

Senators oppose 'clunky, pedestrian' gender-neutral changes to O ...

Some members of the Senate are determined to stop Parliament from changing the words of the national anthem, with one senator deriding the late Liberal...

Nunavut's Senator will not step down after promising to support 8 ...

Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson will not resign after eight years in the Senate of Canada, despite his commitment to support Senate reform when appointed.and more »...

Leader of Senate independents defends decision to send Don Meredith to UN women's conference

Senator Elaine McCoy opted to send Meredith and Manitoba Senator Marilou McPhedran, a human rights advocate recently appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as part...

Senate's secretive committee overseeing expenses to be televised for 1st time

Nova Scotia Liberal Senator Jane Cordy quipped that televising Internal Economy would just be like all the other Senate committees except, "It's just the faces...

Senator calls for NB-Maine summit to counter US protectionism

Mockler's proposal is "being taken under consideration" by Gallant, spokeswoman for the premier's office, Julie Robichaud, told CBC News. 'Sustaining trade and economic relations with...

Andrew Scheer leads endorsement race in Conservative leadership campaign

Former MPs: Keith Ashfield, John Carmichael, Rob Clarke, Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Robert Goguen and Gary Goodyear. Ontario MPPs: Lisa MacLeod. Nova Scotia MLAs: Alfie MacLeod. Former...

Automated hiring system for federal interpreters postponed for 5th time

Senators Claudette Tardif and Rose-May Poirier, the committee's chair and vice-chair, issued a statement in December saying that the committee was concerned that the system...

Lack of literacy requires national plan, says senator

The federal government needs to do more to help Canadians who do not have the literacy skills they need to fully participate in society, says...

Former senator Hugh Segal makes his pitch for a $1320 basic income

That's the idea behind a basic income pilot program for Ontario. This week, former Conservative Senator Hugh Segal released a discussion paper on how the...

Trudeau defends ministers' fundraising by pointing to Conservative use of Senate appointments

They chose to name people like Mike Duffy or Irving Gerstein to the Senate and charge them with the responsibility of raising money for the...

Romeo Dallaire's new memoir 'Waiting For First Light: My Ongoing Battle with PTSD'

Romeo Dallaire didn't just witness the horrors of the genocide in Rwanda up close. He was there as a Canadian lieutenant-general representing the United Nations...

Former Habs coach and Senator Jacques Demers released from hospital

Senator and former Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Demers is back at home after going to hospital Saturday. His Senate office would only confirm that Demers,...

Nova Scotia senators say Atlantic Canada must keep Supreme Court seat

Four Nova Scotia senators have sent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau an open letter calling on him to ensure Atlantic Canada holds onto a seat on...

Senator Claude Carignan to table bill aimed at getting drug-impaired drivers off roads

Senate Opposition leader Claude Carignan says he will table a bill to keep drug-impaired drivers off the road as the government prepares to legalize marijuana.

Senator reports herself to ethics czar over tax-haven revelations ...

A Conservative senator is taking the unusual step of reporting herself to a parliamentary ethics czar after leaked tax-haven records revealed she was a director ...How...

Conservative Senator Janis Johnson retires after 26 years

Manitoba Senator Janis Johnson is stepping down this month. In a statement Wednesday, Johnson announced her plans to retire on Sept. 27, exactly 26 years...

A tax credit for PEI bridge tolls? Cost would be $2.5M, says budget office

That explanation hasn't sat well with some P.E.I. politicians, including Senate Liberal Percy Downe who asked the PBO to estimate what it would cost to...

Ontario to test guaranteed-income program amid warnings about costs, effectiveness

The long-debated idea of a guaranteed minimum annual income for Canadians moves a small step closer to reality this week. Former Conservative senator Hugh Segal...

Senate opens door to independent oversight of senators' spending

"We have not and will not waver from our commitment to be more transparent, efficient and accountable," Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, chair of the Senate...

Senator Tom McInnis wins $70K in land battle with neighbours

A Nova Scotia senator has been awarded more than $70,000 in court costs after a nasty land battle with his neighbours. That's on top of...