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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...

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...

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...

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...

Fill judicial vacancies to end trial delays: committee report

"It needs to be remedied immediately," Sen. George Baker said Friday in Ottawa as the standing Senate committee on legal and constitutional affairs released its...

Senate criteria angers potential Island candidate

CBC.ca - Prince Edward ...CBC.caThe requirement that senators must own $4000 worth of property has dissuaded one Island woman from applying for P.E.I.'s vacant seat,...

RCMP says it did follow up on lead in Billy Cholo case

The RCMP is denying it failed to follow up on a lead in the Billy Cholo murder case. Last month, Senator Nick Sibbeston publicly alleged...

Senate recommendations ready for Trudeau's eyes in weeks, says advisory council head

An additional vacancy opens this month when Michel Rivard of Quebec reaches the mandatory retirement age of 75. The deadline for average Canadians to apply...

Want to be a PEI senator? Today is the last day to apply

There are 20 current and upcoming Senate positions in seven provinces: Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia. The...

Nova Scotia woman applies to become non-partisan senator

... you can be anything you want to be ... I think I would make a great senator." There are currently 19 vacancies in the...

NWT senator says RCMP failed to follow up lead in Billy Cholo homicide

It's been more than two years since Billy Cholo was found dead in Fort Simpson, and the case, considered a homicide, remains open. Now N.W.T.

Provider of fur, food and floods, the beaver is a Canadian symbol

In 2011, Senator Nicole Eaton launched an unsuccessful campaign to change Canada's national animal from the beaver to the polar bear. She called the animal...

Mike Duffy rehires 2 staffers caught up in expenses scandal

Melanie Mercer, who worked in Duffy's office from his 2009 Senate appointment until the time of his suspension in 2013, and Mary McQuaid, Duffy's P.E.I.-based...

'The institution has made a mistake — it should admit it made a mistake,' Hugh Segal says

Hugh Segal, a former top Conservative member of the Senate, says it should formally apologize to the senators who were subjected to legal scrutiny over...

'What happened to me was unjust and somebody needs to be held accountable,' senator says

In his first news conference since the Crown dropped fraud and breach of trust charges against him, Senator Patrick Brazeau said his suspension from the...

Elected Conservative Senator Doug Black to sit as an Independent

Senator Scott Tannas, who was elected alongside Black by Alberta voters, said Thursday has was disappointed by the move but supported his colleague. "His positive...

A chronology of the Senate expenses scandal

Marjory LeBreton, the Conservative leader in the Senate, says she intends to ask the auditor general to look into all the expenses of the upper...

Patrick Brazeau clear to return to Senate as fraud charges dropped

Charges of fraud and breach of trust against Patrick Brazeau were withdrawn by the Crown Wednesday, meaning the Quebec senator is now able to return...

'Institutional resistance' to treating inmates with mental health issues, Senator Bob Runciman says

"They've had a tremendously successful track record of reducing reoffending rates and turning lives around," Senator Bob Runciman told CBC Radio's The Morning Edition host...

Former home and school president puts name forward for Senate

Owen Parkhouse likes the new process for appointing senators. (CBC). There are currently 19 vacancies in the Senate. One seat became vacant on P.E.I. in...

2 Islanders to help pick new PEI senator

They'll be tasked with reviewing applications for the job and making non-binding recommendations to the prime minister. Justin Trudeau will have the final say on...

Inmate's death in Kitchener prison calls for new approach with mentally ill offenders, says senator

The death of an inmate at a federal women's prison in Kitchener, Ont., shows the need for a new way to handle inmates with mental...

Canadians can now apply to join the Senate

Those eight will join the board members already named for Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec and at the federal level. There are currently 19 vacancies in...

Indigenous parliamentarians brought unique perspective to assisted dying debate

Senator Lillian Dyck argued the Aboriginal youth suicide epidemic is the result of dysfunctional communities still grappling with the after-effects of the residential school era,...

Order of Canada's newest appointments include Olympians, jurists, researchers

The list includes writers like Jacques Godbout and Robert Sawyer; editorial cartoonist Bruce MacKinnon; and Graydon Nicholas, the first Aboriginal to be a provincial judge...

Mike Duffy challenges Senate's demand to repay $16955 in expenses

Senator Mike Duffy's lawyer is appealing to the "good parliamentarians" in the Red Chamber to quash a demand his client repay $16,955 in ineligible expenses.

Nunavut fighting for its shrimping licences as quota cuts loom

Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson is standing up for his territory's shrimping industry. On Friday Patterson called on federal fisheries and oceans minister Dominic LeBlanc to...

Senators frustrated with secretive decision to drop 'independent' titles

On Thursday, the committee chair, Conservative Senator Leo Housakos, defended the committee's actions. Speaking on the floor of the Red Chamber, Housakos apologized, saying "I...