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Filipinos taking it to the streets

However, when a large group of Filipinos are together, or when no other non-Filipino speakers are around, Tagalog is often spoken," Sen. Tobias Enverga told...

Manitoba voice missing, Senate scholar says

Conservative Sen. Don Plett said his fellow four senators — all of whom Trudeau appointed — have pushed on Manitoba issues, such as Churchill's rail-line...

Manitoba senators score court win

"The government remains committed to passing legislation expeditiously," wrote her spokeswoman, Sabrina Williams. But Saskatchewan Sen. Lillian Dyck blames the delay on bureaucrats. She noted...

Senators demand Churchill rail line fix

Manitoba Conservative Sen. Don Plett said he's regularly phoning the town's business owners. He plans to push Trudeau if the problem isn't solved when the...

Liberals show signs of compromise over Indian status

Last month, New Brunswick Sen. Sandra Lovelace Nicholas wrote an angry letter to Trudeau, noting she was appointed as a Liberal senator because of her...

PM lightens Mihychuk's workload, insiders call move a warning from Trudeau

The funding promise nearly kept the government from being able to get bill C-10 through the Senate, when Conservative Sen. Don Plett threatened to hold...

Canadian Senate taking resumés

That process involved the board consulting with local leaders and organizations to seek out possible names. This time people can apply directly themselves. Manitoba's four...

Senate obstruction makes for healthy democracy

(Sen. Ghislain Maltais responded defiantly: "We are free and independent!") Some welcomed the prospect of a more rambunctious, rebellious Senate; others were less impressed. The...

Senate saga drags on and on and on

Journal Pioneer"The Senate remains steadfast in its commitment to transparency, efficiency and accountability, with respect for taxpayers' dollars as our guiding principle," reads a statement...

Manitoba senator pushes for $20M in aerospace jobs

Don Plett said he will do everything he can to prevent bill C-10 from passing the upper chamber before the summer recess unless the federal...

Manitoba senator blasted by animal-rights activists

Manitoba Conservative Senator Janis Johnson backed the bill in a speech in the Senate in March. "The evidence shows that captive whales and dolphins suffer...

Senate seat was a life-long goal

Zimmer rejected the accusations and said the auditor tried to make up residency rules. He accused him of interfering in the Mike Duffy trial. Duffy...

The value of sound and fury

The RCMP has said that pursuing the cases against Mr. Harb, Sen. Duffy and Sen. Patrick Brazeau alone cost $1 million. No word yet on...

Life and death should not be a contest

The committee, led by co-chairmen Kelvin Kenneth Ogilvie and Robert Oliphant, undertook considerable research and submitted a well-considered and thoughtful report to government. The report...

Former senators could be sued over expense claims

The Senate had given senators until Thursday to repay the money or face legal action. In a statement Thursday, senators Leo Housakas and Jane Cordy,...

More on the crisis on reserves, the election campaign and the red chamber: Politics 204 for April 18

Thursday is one month since former Supreme Court Justice Ian Binnie delivered his binding arbitration report reviewing the findings of the audit for 14 senators.

Gagné, Sinclair take seats in Senate

Sen. Murray Sinclair, a former Manitoba justice and most recently chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and Sen. Raymonde Gagné, former president of the...

Election time, city hall budget and senators' reprieve: Politics 204 for March 16

Former Liberals Sharon Carstairs and Rod Zimmer, former Conservative Terry Stratton and current Conservatives Don Plett and Janis Johnson, were all told by the RCMP...

No charges for senators with questionable expense claims

OTTAWA — The five current and former Manitoba senators whose expense claims were flagged as inappropriate by the auditor general last year will not face...

Another Senate vacancy for Manitoba

OTTAWA — Manitoba senators are now so rare in Canada's Parliament they could almost be considered an endangered species, but the Prime Minister's Office won't...

Lemieux not running, vacant Senate seats: Politics 204

Vacancies in Manitoba: As of today Manitoba has more vacant seats in the Senate than actual senators. Liberal Sen. Maria Chaput's retirement took effect this...

Politics 204 for February 2

Manitoba Senator, Maria Chaput Stepping down: The last Liberal senator Manitoba may ever have is stepping down. Maria Chaput submitted her resignation to Gov. Gen.

Free Press Head Start for Tuesday, Feb. 2

Manitoba's two remaining senators, Don Plett and Janis Johnson, are both Conservatives. Parking costs too high: The Canadian Cancer Society in Manitoba says patients and...

Manitoba down to two senators

'There is no way we can go on doing the work in the Senate with this kind of culture'-- Manitoba Sen. Maria Chaput, on partisanship...

Sen. Patrick Brazeau in critical but stable condition after surgery

Senator Patrick Brazeau leaves the courthouse in Gatineau after entering a guilty plea for charges on assault and possession of cocaine from incidents in 2013...

Federal Tories in denial on why they lost election

They have to get over that, and fast, Powers said. "If you keep dismissing (the fact you lost and he won) you're shagged." Manitoba Sen.

Best of the rest

It's that time of the year, when best-of lists are flying fast and furious. In that spirit, Free Press staffers were asked to pick some...

Jacques Demers to sit in the Senate as an Independent after quitting Tory caucus

OTTAWA - Sen. Jacques Demers is quitting the Conservative caucus to sit as an Independent. The former National Hockey League coach made the announcement in...

Manitoba to get two new senators as selection process reformed

Manitoba has had half of its six seats in the Senate sitting empty for more than a year now, since Conservative Sen. JoAnne Buth resigned...

Politics 204 for November 23

... at the senator's fraud trial. Over three years, Gerald Donohue took in roughly $65,000 of taxpayer money for a variety of contracts, directing the...

Building a better, workable Senate

Industrious senators who come to the chamber with a sense of purpose can easily prove they've earned their keep. Weighty, substantive reports on palliative care...

Manitoba's red-faced senators fight on

Manitoba Sen. Janis Johnson repaid about $20,000, even though she says she did nothing wrong. She said she gave up the money for the sake...

Some have been forgotten

Former senator and general Romeo Dallaire has frequently complained about "penny-pinching" by Veterans Affairs. He has called on the government to introduce a social covenant...

Along with Patrick Brazeau, a list of senators who also have legal issues

Patrick Brazeau was granted an unconditional discharge Wednesday after entering a guilty plea last month on drug possession and assault charges, although he still faces...

Sen. Patrick Brazeau gets unconditional discharge on assault, cocaine charges

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Those who've served Canada longest

Anne Cools is the longest-serving senator, serving 31 years and eight months. She was appointed by Liberal prime minister Pierre Trudeau, but crossed the floor...

Politics 204 for October 5

Housing fix: Senator and former MP Art Eggleton argues that affordable housing should be an election issue. Watching the polls: We have the insiders' scoop...

Embattled senator Patrick Brazeau pleads guilty to assault, cocaine charges

The former member of Stephen Harper's Conservative caucus drew a step closer to being able to resume his Senate seat career as both his lawyer...

Senate moratorium translates to atrophy

Plus, he's had to deal with the ongoing issue of Senate scandal. Conservative senators Patrick Brazeau and Pamela Wallin were turfed out of Senate in...

No new Senate appointments: Harper

Manitoba Conservative Senator Don Plett declined to comment and Manitoba Liberal Maria Chaput's spokeswoman said Chaput wanted to wait until next week to comment. Manitoba...

Harper invites Muslim leaders to 24 Sussex to break the Ramadan fast on Monday

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks as he breaks the Ramadan fast with an iftar dinner with members of the Muslim community and Multiculturalism Minister Jason...

Manitoba Senator Janis Johnson repays $20K in flagged expenses; insists they ...

Senator Janis Johnson. PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES. Senator Janis Johnson Photo Store. OTTAWA — Manitoba Sen. Janis Johnson has repaid more than...

Senate criticism problematic

Take the example of Manitoba Sen. Janis Johnson, who was included in Ferguson's audit as a result of roughly $22,000 of contested travel expenses. The...

Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu has date with RCMP, wants to challenge findings in Senate

Auditor general Michael Ferguson's review concluded that Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu didn't spend enough time in Sherbrooke, Que., in 2012 to make that his primary residence.

Manitoba Senator Janis Johnson says audit into her expenses is 'innacurate and ...

Senator Janis Johnson says the auditor general is way off base with accusing her of taking personal trips on the Senate dime. Photo Store. OTTAWA...

Five Manitoba Senators ordered to repay money

So far, it appears Liberal Sen. Maria Chaput and Conservative JoAnne Buth, who quit last summer, were given the all clear for their expenses. Neither...

Alumni association to recognize JoAnne Buth

Buth, former president of the Canola Council of Canada who was later appointed to the Canadian Senate (which she resigned from in 2014), is being...

Alumni association to recognize JoAnne Buth

Buth, former president of the Canola Council of Canada who was later appointed to the Canadian Senate (which she resigned from in 2014), is being...

Gun bill ties RCMP hands

On March 15, 2012, Claude Carignan met with a small group of victims of gun violence to talk about the effects of Bill C-19, the...

Senate names high-profile referee to deal with fallout of expenses audit

Binnie will be called to intervene in cases where senators who are ordered to pay back disallowed expense claims opt to challenge either the findings...