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Conservative MPs, Senators echo Scheer's condemnation of The Rebel, but many stay silent

(subscription) (subscription)That messaging was matched by Conservatives in the Red Chamber, with the party's Senate Leader Larry Smith's (Saurel, Que.) office confirming by email...

Tory, Liberal Senators join chorus opposing justice minister's drunk-driving proposal

(subscription) (subscription)I don't think it's necessary,' Senate Liberal Mobina Jaffer, left, has said of a proposal by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, right, to lower...

Senate harassment policy to be reviewed in wake of Sen. Meredith scandal

(subscription) (subscription)The Senate's Advisory Working Group on Human Resources will start the review of harassment policy in September and submit the report in December.

Senators see their public bills as chance to fill gaps in government agenda

(subscription) (subscription)Senators Raynell Andreychuk, Lillian Dyck, Jane Cordy, Diane Griffin, and Grant Mitchell. Senators say they've found over time that bills that are straightforward...

Tory Senators divided over whether they really agreed to term limits

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative Senators Judith Seidman and Leo Housakos, also appointed in 2009, said they never discussed term limits. “I never understood where this story...

Liberal Senator urges colleagues to stand up against government pressure on voting decisions

(subscription) (subscription)Serge Joyal (Kennebec, Que.) told The last week. “We're not [lobbied] because, as my mother would say, we're blond, have curly hair,...

Senators question Internal Economy Committee's $108000, 'sole-source' media relations contract

(subscription) (subscription)New Brunswick Ind. Sen. Pierrette Ringuette led the questioning on this in the Senate late on the afternoon of Thursday, May 18, just...

Asian Heritage Month 2017 showcases cultural performances, Senator's homemade desserts

(subscription) (subscription)Senator Thanh Hai Ngo, right, and Chung-chen Kung, representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada. Senate photograph by Martin Lipman.

Canada's 'permanent passengers'

(subscription) (subscription)“It is staggering,” says Ogilvie, who's been a vocal advocate on the issue alongside the committee's deputy chair, Liberal Senator Art Eggleton. The...

Kevin O'Leary drops from Conservative leadership race, backs Maxime Bernier

(subscription) (subscription)Senator Percy Mockler, and Senator David Wells. Conservative MP and leadership candidate Andrew Scheer (Regina-Qu'Appelle, Sask.) has the most caucus support, with 32...

Less than a quarter of caucus undeclared in Conservative race, with a month to go

(subscription) (subscription)Though it's debatable how important caucus support is to securing a leadership win, candidates able to amass endorsements from Conservative MPs and Senators...

Senate Liberal, MPs slamming feds for not living up to transparency ...

(subscription) (subscription)The public service must 'get with the program' outlined by the PM, says Senate Liberal Percy Downe. From left: Senate Liberal whip Percy...

Why the Senate shouldn't organize by region

(subscription) (subscription)So in today's context, I worry that regional caucuses would push apart senators, lead to the resurgence of old conflicts, and supplant the...

Trudeau government could prorogue Parliament to get Independent Senators fair representation on Senate committees

(subscription) (subscription)Michel Rivard in early August. She said until the selection committee holds another meeting, no Independent Senator can replace Sen. Rivard. Sen. McCoy...

Who would have guessed Senate and innovation could be used in the same sentence?

(subscription) (subscription)Putting Senators in the Senate who don't come with partisan allegiances has disruption written all over it. The key question to be answered...

Trudeau must be clear with voters about peacekeeping rationale or risk losing support: observers

(subscription) (subscription)Former Liberal senator and UN peacekeeping chief during the Rwandan genocide Roméo Dallaire as well as former UN high commissioner for human rights...

Kellie Leitch's fundraising success indicates deep shift in party dynamics

(subscription) (subscription)... Conservative sphere, including the 1993 Progressive Conservative leadership campaign of Jean Charest, who later became a premier of Quebec with the province's...

'Senate is not this monolithic rubber stamp anymore ...

Hill Times (subscription) - The Hill TimesHill Times (subscription)Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's strategy to create a non-partisan and more independent Upper Chamber also means Senators...

'Senate is not this monolithic rubber stamp anymore,' independent Senate will change legislative process, Hill power ...

(subscription) (subscription)The Senate National Security Committee, pictured. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to make the Senate a non-partisan Chamber and is appointing Independent Senators...

Time to change refugee law, says immigration committee chair

(subscription) (subscription)At the second meeting, the committee is set to listen to Conservative Senator Yonah Martin, University of Toronto professor Audrey Macklin, the director...

Senate's Internal Economy Committee letter to Duffy demanding $16955 back causing fissures in Senate, 'bad politics ...

(subscription) (subscription)Scott Tannas, a member of the Senate Internal Economy Committee, said that in his view if Sen. Duffy disagrees with the determination of...

Slideshow: The North American Leaders' Summit in pictures

(subscription) (subscription)... of the Senate and of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill, with Prime Minsiter Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau,...

Trudeau government poised to start process for filling 19 vacant Senate seats in 'coming days'

(subscription) (subscription)Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef will announce the names of new provincial members of the Senate Advisory Board in the 'coming days.' The...

Sen. Meredith's office denies investigations blocking his committee work, despite email to Senators

(subscription) (subscription)Don Meredith is a member of the Senate's Aboriginal Peoples Committee but not allowed to take part in the committee business until the...

In wake of Orlando gay nightclub attack, openly gay Grit MP says there's still prejudice in Liberal caucus

(subscription) (subscription)Above, NDP MP Nathan Cullen, left, Liberal MPs Randy Boissonnault, Scott Brison, Hedy Fry, Seamus O'Regan, and Rob Oliphant, NDP MP Sheri Benson,...

Canada has fallen behind, panel on mental health in prisons says

(subscription) (subscription)Independent Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu appealed for greater communication and cooperation among correctional systems and Senate Liberal Jim Munson, Chair of the Standing Senate...

Senate could strike out key assisted death bill clause in showdown with Commons

(subscription) (subscription)At least two of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's seven recent Independent appointments to the Senate have also raised strong objections to the conditions...

Journos celebrate 150th anniversary at Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner, June 4, 2016

(subscription) (subscription)Denise Batters to her date, Canadian Press reporter Jordan Press. Twitter photo courtesy Denise Batters ... Government Representative in the Senate Peter Harder...

Exercise 'good judgment' if confronted with a situation like Duffy affair in future: Gerstein

(subscription) (subscription)... politically sensitive situations such as former Conservative Senator Mike Duffy's now legally cleared Senate expense spending issue, but Conservative Fund Canada chairman...

Senators grill Justice Minister, call for amendments to assisted dying bill

(subscription) (subscription)The justice minister told her questioners, including Senator James Cowan, the leader of the caucus of Independent Senate Liberals, and Conservative Senator Claude...

AG's $24-million Senate audit value questioned as high-profile RCMP cases dropped

(subscription) (subscription)They include former Liberal Senators Sharon Carstairs, Marie-P. Charette-Poulin, Rose-Marie Losier-Cool, Bill Rompkey, and Rod Zimmer, and former Conservative Senators Don Oliver and...

AG's $24-million Senate audit value questioned as high-profile RCMP cases dropped

(subscription) (subscription)The press release further said that the new disclosure model will be enforced in the fall and the “infrastructure is being built to...

'Impossible' to pass doctor-assisted suicide bill by June 6 deadline, say Senators, but Liberal MPs 'giving it our ...

(subscription) (subscription)Sen. Bob Runciman (Thousand Island and Rideau Lakes, Ont.), chair of the committee, said in a press release at the time that Senators...

Independent Senators won't take orders from Harder, say new appointees

(subscription) (subscription)However, some in the Senate don't appear to be convinced that Independent Senators are in fact independent of the government, said Sen. Lankin...

This week on the diplomatic reception circuit

(subscription) (subscription)Liberal MP Alexandra Mendes, chair of the Canada-Moldova Parliamentary Friendship Group, with Conservative MP Ed Fast, and Conservative Senator Raynell Andreychuk at the...

Lobbying on physician-assisted dying continues as new law nears passage

(subscription) (subscription)Once the bill passes the House, it'll be up to the Senate to complete its study and potentially amend the bill further. Two...

Farming issues getting heard on Hill, agricultural lobbying up 50 per cent from last year

(subscription) (subscription)Chicken Farmers of Canada have three communications report filed for April, showing the group communicated with Mr. Drouin on April 11, Ms. McFall...

Liberals edge closer to repealing Conservative citizenship changes, though Senate remains a wildcard

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative Senator and committee member Judith Seidman also declined through a staff member on the grounds that the bill was still before the...

Senate governing committee may review Duffy expenses, despite trial verdict

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative Senator Leo Housakos, the committee chair, told The he has asked the head of the Senate finance directorate to provide him...

Liberals edge closer to repealing Conservative citizenship changes, though Senate remains a wildcard

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative Senator and committee member Judith Seidman also declined through a staff member on the grounds that the bill was still before the...

Liberals edge closer to repealing Conservative citizenship changes, though Senate remains a wildcard

(subscription) (subscription) ... Immigration Minister John McCallum says it will be 'difficult to predict' how the Senate handles Bill C-6. The photograph by...

SOCAN reception and Hill Movie Night, Tuesday, May 3, 2016

(subscription) (subscription)SOCAN's Stan Meissner, performers Karim Ouellet and Sam Roberts, Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, Heritage Parliamentary Secretary Randy...

Canadian Arctic territorial claim dependent on inclusivity and collaboration with Inuit

(subscription) (subscription)This was the sentiment that grounded panellists' comments on Inuit and Canadian Arctic territorial claims at the Senate Liberals' Open Caucus on Wednesday.

Canadian Arctic territorial claim dependent on inclusivity and collaboration with Inuit

(subscription) (subscription)Senator Charlie Watt, supported in part by the Senate Liberal Caucus Research Fund, commissioned Hutchins Legal Inc. to produce a series of papers...

Saudi government sending huge cultural delegation to Ottawa, as arms deal concerns continue to swirl

(subscription) (subscription)The embassy hosted Mr. Dion, Senate Speaker George Furey, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, officials from Ottawa's universities and members of the press for...

Duffy's not guilty verdict casts doubt on prospects for legal action against former Senators

(subscription) (subscription)On Friday, April 22—the day after Sen. Duffy's verdict—Quebec Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, chair of the Internal Economy Committee, and Nova Scotia Liberal...

Duffy's not guilty verdict casts doubt on prospects for legal action against former Senators

(subscription) (subscription)On Friday, April 22—the day after Sen. Duffy's verdict—Quebec Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, chair of the Internal Economy Committee, and Nova Scotia Liberal...

Duffy's not guilty verdict casts doubt on prospects for legal action against former Senators

(subscription) (subscription)They include former Liberal Senators Sharon Carstairs, Marie-P. Charette-Poulin, Rose-Marie Losier-Cool, Bill Rompkey, and Rod Zimmer, and former Conservative Senators Don Oliver and...

Former Senate HR director still talking to RCMP about alleged fraud: lawyer

(subscription) (subscription)The office of Sen. Leo Housakos has provided The with an RCMP letter dated April 5 that says the Mounties have closed...

Duffy ordeal shows need to clarify Senate rules: Wallace

(subscription) (subscription)“That has to be ground zero on all of this for Internal Economy and Senate leadership,” Sen. John Wallace said in an interview...