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Conrad Black: Premier Wall and Senator Beyak have dared to do what others won't. They deserve our praise

Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall and Ontario senator Lynn Beyak have earned the gratitude of all Canadians by the quality of their public service. Premier Wall...

Liberal government to debate Senate amendments to long-delayed citizenship bill

The Liberal law proposed lowering this to 55, but senators decided to adopt Conservative Sen. Diane Griffin's suggestion of a middle ground, setting it at...

The Senate wrote a kids' book: 'Wise owls' bring order to forest of bickering beavers and bears

This fairy-tale scenario is how the Senate is branding itself to kids in a new picture book obtained by the , which describes itself on...

Canadian senator mugged in Pakistan by thieves on motorcycle, losing cash, pearls and Senate ID card

A Canadian senator was mugged while visiting Islamabad, Pakistan's capital, losing a large amount of money, a string of black pearls, credit cards and her...

Are obese people to blame for their condition? No, says report calling for wider access to treatment

While not going nearly so far, Kelvin Ogilvie, the senator who chaired the committee that produced the report, said in an interview Monday that severe...

Terse email scuffle a sign of infighting amid rising frustrations in more-independent Senate

Leo Housakos of playing “partisan games” and giving a “blatant misrepresentation” of facts to the press after Housakos accused the government of blocking his motion...

Colin Kenny: A cost-effective way to replace our aging search-and-rescue helicopters

Since the government took office last December, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has spent much of his time musing about Canada's military role in Iraq, the...

Thousands of criminals could be released because of clogged courtrooms, delays: Senate report

... government had already made 15 judicial appointments in June. Senate Opposition leader Claude Carignan said he would rather see vacancies filled now through the...

'Change is hard, but necessary': Canadian Senate marching toward its own Independence Day

There are 42 in them, almost all appointed by Stephen Harper, to the Liberals' 21 and the independents' 23. The Senate Tory leader, Claude Carignan,...

Senator Patrick Brazeau faces drunk driving charges for the second time in two years

Sen. Patrick Brazeau is to appear in Gatineau on Tuesday on new charges of drunk driving and refusing to submit to an alcohol test. While...

Senator Patrick Brazeau faces drunk driving charges for the second time in two years

Sen. Patrick Brazeau is to appear in Gatineau on Tuesday on new charges of drunk driving and refusing to submit to an alcohol test. While...

A transformative day': Senate concedes to government's will, sending assisted dying law to royal assent

Conservative Sen. Judith Seidman argued that the Senate has no value if it only exists “for registering the decrees of the lower house,” but decided...

Senators' complaints delay Parliament Hill renovations, possibly adding millions to cost

Scott Tannas, who chairs the responsible Senate subcommittee, said senators asked repairs “be limited to those that are urgent, as opposed to a total exterior...

Dying MP's bid to change O Canada lyrics likely to be delayed until fall: Tory senator

Nancy Ruth, who is sponsoring the bill in the Senate and working on building support for it among Conservatives, Liberals and Independents, said her discussions...

Crucial days ahead in Ottawa battle over assisted dying

Parliamentary veteran and Senate Liberal George Baker says, “the whole political structure that was in place for the passage of legislation is gone. But senators,...

Bill to make O Canada lyrics gender-neutral clears Commons' hurdle

Independent Liberal Sen. Jim Munson, who wiped away tears while watching the debate, said he's confident there's enough support among his Senate colleagues for it...

Liberals refuse to budge on Senate's proposal to expand assisted-dying rights to the non-terminally ill

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says the Senate amendment upsets the delicate balance the government has struck in Bill C-14 between respecting personal autonomy and protecting...

Senate votes to remove near-death requirement from assisted dying bill

Conservative Sen. Linda Frum said she doesn't believe that Parliament has an obligation to echo the Supreme Court's ruling word-for-word. But she added: “I do...

At the end of his legendary career, Liberal senator reflects on politics, past and present

David Smith has been on and off Parliament Hill since the days of John Diefenbaker — as a political staffer, an MP, a campaign chairman...

Independent Canadian senators push for single seat on stalled ethics committee

McCoy said it's now up to the Liberal leader in the Senate, James Cowan, Conservative leader Claude Carignan, and the government's official representative in the...

Senate committee can't study Senate ethics because it can't legally pick any members for committee

Meanwhile, previous committee members, including Conservative chair Raynell Andreychuk and Liberal vice chair Serge Joyal, are considered an intersessional authority — but they don't have...

Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien needs to change his style to suit today's NHL

Boucher, the Senators' new head coach, and his associate Crawford were both considered possible candidates to replace Michel Therrien in Montreal if Canadiens GM Marc...

June deadline for assisted dying bill 'not a drop-dead date': Liberal senator

OTTAWA — Even as the House of Commons takes unusual measures to expedite physician-assisted dying legislation, some in the red chamber are nonplussed about missing...

Senate moves to make Senators disclose more about their expenses

Still, according to the Senate, the system will help it save on administration costs because it will streamline the way expenses are reported. Conservative senator...

Andrew Coyne: Still confused about the new non-partisan Senate? Here's a quick refresher

The leader-styled-the-representative has lately appointed a second in command, Diane Bellemare, though naturally she is neither his deputy leader nor his deputy representative, but his...

Mike Duffy considers bid to have legal costs reimbursed by Senate fund

To access the fund applicants need to apply in writing to the Senate steering committee, which is made up of three senators: Conservatives Leo Housakos...

John Ivison: Mike Duffy is back, but meaningful changes to Senate still hard to find

Duffy sat as far as was physically possible from Claude Carignan, the Tory leader in the Senate and the man who sponsored the Queen of...

Senator Mike Duffy returns to Parliament Hill after sensational acquittal on 31 charges

Many of the operatives in the PMO are now gone, while two of the top senators involved in the Duffy affair — former senators Marjory...

Conrad Black: Celebrating the end of the Mike Duffy farce

Asking the chairman of the management committee of the Toronto Club, Canada's ultimate source of misdirected sanctimony, Senator Irving Gerstein, to question the Senate's auditor,...

Linda Frum: The Trudeau plan won't fix what's wrong with the Senate

The following is adapted from a speech recently delivered by Senator Linda Frum. After what has been a very trying few years for the Senate,...

Full Pundit: Mike Duffy — not guilty, covered in sleaze, and back in the Senate

Mike Duffy is not guilty. Y'all gotta feel him. But in a non-criminal sense, Alec Castonguay writes for L'Actualité, Duffy did exactly what he was...

Letters: The CFL should honour history, reject gimmicks

First, when, if ever, will Senate rules be reformed? It may not be possible to abolish that archaic, useless, institution, but why does it seem...

Michael Den Tandt: Duffy laid the Tories low, now party can make Senate abolition a winning proposition

Senator Mike Duffy laid the Conservative party low. His acquittal on all 31 of the charges against him has also handed it a possible ladder...

Drawing the Mike Duffy verdict: The National Post's live sketches from inside the courtroom

This page will be updated live as Justice Charles Vaillancourt reads his verdict on the Michael Duffy trial regarding Senate expenses beginning at 10 am...

John Ivison: Trudeau's point man in Senate aims to regain public's respect for red chamber

He is seeking $850,000 to hire nine staff — the same number as his predecessor, Conservative, Claude Carignan. But the purse strings are held by...

Liberals reopen debate 11 years after Martin government opted not to join US ballistic missile defence

“I think it's overdue, and I think that debate should ensue,” the committee's chairman, Conservative Sen. Daniel Lang, said in an interview. “Times have changed,...

Chances of Brussels-style ISIL attack less likely in Canada, Senate committee told

Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais, who spent 30 years as a Montreal police officer, asked Rousseau if, “by flinging our doors open (to immigrants from the Middle...

Ottawa to investigate how much tax dodgers cost Canada in light of Panama Papers leak

20 letter to Sen. Percy Downe that her department will try to estimate the value of Canada's so-called “tax gap,” the difference between what is...

Kelly McParland: Trudeau's first senate appointees are exactly the sort of people you'd expect Liberals to appoint

James Cowan, the leader of Senate Liberals, understands the dynamics at work. Senate Liberals used to be Liberal senators, until Trudeau decreed that there are...

Ontario will test idea of a guaranteed minimum income to ease poverty, spending on social programs

TORONTO — A single paragraph buried in the Ontario budget could mean big changes in the lives of some of the province's most impoverished residents...

Denise Batters: Help the mentally ill. Don't kill them

... we need to make our voices heard on this issue — and fast. Please contact your local MP and tell them where you stand.

'A terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist': Tory senators vow to fight changes to citizenship laws for dual nationals

Tory Sen. Michael MacDonald and other Conservatives question how repeal of the legislation, announced by Immigration Minister John McCallum, aligns with Canada's long-standing practice of...

John Ivison: A method in Trudeau's pipeline madness

Last month at a Senate committee, long-time Liberal Terry Mercer warned Trudeau's transport minister, Marc Garneau, that the party's 32 seats in Atlantic Canada are...

'We are in limbo': Senators return to the chamber with little idea how institution will work

Claude Carignan, leader of the Conservatives in the Senate, said he is waiting to see what the role of the government's forthcoming “representative” will be.

Tasha Kheiriddin: If you want to reform our democracy, abolish the Senate

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised, he has appointed an “Independent Advisory Board” to recommend candidates to fill 22 Senate vacancies, starting with five in...

John Ivison: Conservative leadership contest fractious before race begins

The leadership committee comprises eight members of the national council, including Walsh, plus 15 others, including former MPs John Williamson, Loyola Hearn and Lois Brown,...

Hugh Segal: If 'Canada's back,' we'll need a military

. Hugh Segal, Master of Massey College, is a senior fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs in Toronto and the Institute of Global...

Senator Mike Duffy earned $91000 for speaking at events hosted by lobby groups ...

Mougeot said that Saskatchewan Sen. Pamela Wallin did not charge a fee when she spoke to the association in 2011. Instead, she accepted the group's...

Christie Blatchford: A new and ominous promise — Mike Duffy says he will be ...

Is it fraud, for instance, to claim you are on “travel status” in the city where you've lived for four decades and claim a per...

Chris Selley: Senate reform chutzpah

... Linda Frum tweeted her “thumbs up on the selection technique and criteria. A good reform.” But then there was a press release from democratic...