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1:21 Canada ready to do more to combat South Sudan famine: Trudeau

2:09 Senate 'leaning towards' accepting Meredith expulsion: Senator. A senator says the upper house is “leaning towards” accepting a Senate Ethics Committee recommendation to expel...

Retiring N.S. senator Moore proud of his achievements | The ...

For Nova Scotia Senator Wilfred Moore, leaving Canada's Upper House is “a bittersweet thing.” The former Halifax councillor and deputy mayor is set to retire ...and...

Remembering Fred: the head that hatched the Crown share

He was my seatmate in the Senate from January 2009 until his death in 2012, but he was also so much more. I remember Fred...

Cowan's amendment to assisted dying bill rejected

Several amendments have passed since the bill went to the Senate. Perhaps the most significant one was put forward by Cowan and Quebec Senator Serge...

WALKOM: Medically assisted death debate about more than civil rights

To their credit, some senators did raise this issue Wednesday. New Brunswick's Paul McIntyre, a Conservative, asked Philpott how serious the government is about providing...

Senate adopts doctor-assisted dying legislation at second reading, but adjourns until after deadline

In the Senate, Independent Liberal Sen. Serge Joyal asked Sen. Peter Harder, the government's "representative" in the upper chamber, whether it would be possible to...

The Tuesday news briefing: An at-a-glance survey of some top stories

DALLAIRE DECRIES GLOBAL INACTION ON SYRIA: Retired Canadian general and former senator Romeo Dallaire says the genocide in Rwanda is being repeated right now in...

Sen. James Cowan wants 'incurable' illness clause removed from assisted-dying bill

On Tuesday Conservative Senate Leader Claude Carignan and Cowan, who is the leader of the independent Liberal senators, warned the government's representative that there's no...

OPINION: A tribute to equality and dignity

A year ago, the Senate ghosts of intolerance rose again. "As a husband and father, I am worried about the effects of this proposed legislation...

HARPER: Senate owes Duffy money and should pay up

Former senator Hugh Segal argued the tougher the penalty, the greater the need for due process. “Due process is not a speech made under duress...

Senate improves its rules and leads on social policy

Sen. Jane Cordy is a former teacher who represents Nova Scotia. She is deputy chair of the Senate committee on internal economy, budgets and administration...

OPINION: Canada's Senate needs renewal

In this spirit, the Senate has embarked on an important project of reform. On Dec. 17, 2015, the Senate passed a motion moved by Sen.

Nova Scotia Sen. Terry Mercer ordered to pay back one-third of expenses

Ottawa CitizenNova Scotia Liberal Sen. Terry Mercer will have to repay more than a third of the nearly $30,000 in questionable expenses originally flagged by...

Two N.S. senators cleared by RCMP for expenses

Cowan, who was Senate opposition leader at the time the auditor general released his findings, also says his expenses were above board, but opted to...

VOICE OF THE PEOPLE | March 9, 2016

I serve as a senator representing Nova Scotia, and was the volunteer chair of the trust that successfully operated the Bluenose II for 10 years.

EDITORIAL: Let's put guaranteed annual income to a test

Our editorial was complemented by articles written for us by then Conservative Senator Hugh Segal and by Ed Broadbent, former federal NDP leader and chair...

HARPER: Commons-Senate committee chair wrestles with life-and-death decisions

Oliphant, his co-chair, Conservative Sen. Kelvin Ogilvie, and 13 other MPs and senators have absorbed the findings of a federal panel and provincial-territorial task force...

Deadline looms for committee's report on physician-assisted dying

Nova Scotia Conservative Sen. Kelvin Ogilvie is co-chair of the committee, along with Liberal MP Robert Oliphant, a role he called both a remarkable privilege...

MP Bill Casey enthused by health-care duties

Because a separate committee has been established to to examine assisted dying legislation, which is co-chaired by Nova Scotia Sen. Kelvin Ogilvie, Casey said he's...

MPs, senators who comprise newly formed joint committee on assisted death

Sen. Kelvin Ogilvie (Conservative). Sen. Judith Seidman (Conservative). MPs: John Aldag, (Liberal Cloverdale-Langley City). Rene Arseneault (Liberal Madawaska-Restigouche). Steven Blaney (Conservative Bellechasse-Les Etchemins-Levis). Michael ...and more »...

MPs, senators who comprise newly formed joint committee on assisted death

Sen. Serge Joyal (Liberal). Sen. Nancy Ruth (Conservative). Sen. Kelvin Ogilvie (Conservative). Sen. Judith Seidman (Conservative). MPs: John Aldag, (Liberal Cloverdale-Langley City). Rene Arseneault (Liberal...

Tories choose Scott Armstrong as Atlantic critic

Stephen Harper appointed current Tory Senator Josée Verner to his shadow cabinet as critic for Quebec economic development and La Francophonie in 2004, two years...

Tories choose Armstrong as Atlantic critic

Stephen Harper appointed current Tory Senator Josée Verner to his shadow cabinet as critic for Quebec economic development and La Francophonie in 2004, two years...

Senate awaits Justin Trudeau's direction

Senators widely expect Trudeau to name a new Speaker to replace Conservative Leo Housakos. Leaving Housakos there would mean a Conservative is acting at times...

Stay strong and carry on is the theme of law enforcement conference

The keynote address was to be given Wednesday by Romeo Dallaire, the retired lieutenant-general and senator who is an outspoken advocate for human rights, genocide...

Athletes hoping to score Geri Hat Tricks at 55+ Games in Pictou Co.

“A friend of mine from Pictou County who was involved in organizing the pickleball phoned me and talked me into coming,” says Jane Cordy, the...

Graham Downey, Halifax's first African-Nova Scotian councillor, dies at 76

Sen. Wilfred Moore served on Halifax city council with Downey from 1974 to 1980, and remained friends with him throughout the years. “He was the...

Government 'hypocritical' for resistance to change

Sen. Catherine Callbeck, a former premier, launched a major review during her government in the early 1990s. I covered the legislature at the time and...

CAMPAIGN QUICK HITS: Our weekly roundup from the election trail

BuzzFeed's Paul McLeod reported Thursday that included in the leak is someone from Ottawa named “Colin Kenny” who registered an address matching the office of...

BLACK: Slaying Senate requires referendum momentum

Given the constitutional straitjacket the Senate is in, there is no sure path by which reform or abolition can happen. The best chance would be...

EDITORIAL: Military needs mental-health reform

And, as Senator Romeo Dallaire has recommended, it must alter the fitness-for-deployment rule to find work in its 68,000-strong continent for at least some of...

Quebec, Nova Scotia senators call for elimination of partisanship

OTTAWA — Two senators from opposite sides of the red chamber have teamed up to offer a path toward reforming the maligned institution without opening...

TIM HARPER: As anti-union bill shows, nobody gets in PM's way

Hamilton SpectatorThe bottom line is that the Conservative majority has bullied itself into a position to pass a law that allows Harper to campaign against...

Senate pushes labour bill along

In order to prevent a Liberal filibuster, Senate government leader Claude Carignan introduced a motion Friday to allow his party to limit debate on the...

Bellemare: Redeem Senate by defeating anti-union bill

OTTAWA — Diane Bellemare is urging the discredited Senate to find redemption by doing its constitutional duty as the parliamentary chamber that represents the regions.

TIM HARPER: Erupting sex scandal keeps Senate on hot seat

Globalnews.caAfter last week's damning report by Auditor General Michael Ferguson, 30 more senators are under RCMP review. Their numbers include the Senate leadership. One of...

Three N.S. politicians blasted in auditor general's senate probe

CBC.caSenator Terry Mercer, another Chretien appointment in 2003, was also questioned about trips made by his spouse from Halifax to Ottawa, which the report suggested...

HÉBERT: Red Tories going extinct inside Harper tent

Senate speaker Pierre-Claude Nolin passed away earlier this year. Ontario senator Hugh Segal has moved on to academia. They were among the last leading red...

Birchtown to host historic summit of black government leaders in Canada

Anne C. Cools, Ontario; Sen. Don Meredith, Ontario;. Maka Kotto, member of the national Quebec assembly for Bourget; Tyrone Benskin, MP for Jeanne-Le Ber, Que.;...

EDITORIAL: Senate should pass Chong's Reform Act

Liberal senator Joan Fraser, her party's critic on the bill, says she shares Mr. Chong's concerns. Her solution, however, would be for MPs and senators...

LEGER: Duffy's troubles and PMO's coverup

In the hours before the report was to be released, Conservative senators David Tkachuk and Carolyn Stewart Olsen, along with senior PMO staffers, were embroiled...

LEGER: Duffy's troubles & PMO's coverup

Tkachuk and Stewart Olsen made the changes without informing Senator George Furey, the only Liberal on the Senate's internal steering committee. Furey won't discuss the...

Senators get rich on expenses, Duffy trial shows

These figures include office expenses and staff salaries of $300,000 to $450,000, depending on the senator. But when those are factored out, some senators still...

Cape Breton group aims to protect rail service

The society has invited Conservative senator Michael MacDonald, who represents Cape Breton in the upper chamber, to speak at the event. MacLeod said the group...

Weekend Focus: The 'Old Duff' Mike Duffy gets his day in court

Adding to Wright's alarm, it was evident that the troika of top Senate Conservatives, Marjory LeBreton, David Tkachuk and Carolyn Stewart Olsen, were not up...

Veterans Affairs: Managers reaped rewards after cuts

Bonuses ranged from $2,376 up to $14,728, and averaged about $5,700 per person, said a departmental response to a question tabled by Sen. Percy Downe...

Weekend Focus: The 'Old Duff' Mike Duffy gets his day in court

(registration) (registration)Adding to Wright's alarm, it was evident that the troika of top Senate Conservatives, Marjory LeBreton, David Tkachuk and Carolyn Stewart Olsen, were...

Nova Scotia senators button lips about audit

(registration) (registration)Later that day Independent MP Anne Cools went on CBC to argue that it was unconstitutional for the federal auditor general Michael Ferguson...

Canada ratifies cluster bomb convention after years of controversy

(registration) (registration)Hannon said he was encouraged by the statement of Conservative Sen. Suzanne Fortin-Duplessis during hearings last year in which she said, “Canadian commanders...

N.L. premier shuffles cabinet in face of growing deficit

(registration) (registration)Manning, a lawyer and niece of Conservative Sen. Fabian Manning, was a surprise addition when Davis announced his first cabinet Sept. 30 four...