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'I would give anything to have my husband back': Sen. Batters responds to Twitter attack

(subscription) (subscription)Denise Batters, wife of Regina MP Dave Batters, who killed himself a few years back while on leave for depression, appears as a...

Senate pitch to opt of out of Phoenix could be 'good thing': NDP critic

(subscription) (subscription)The Senate's proposal to opt out of the troubled Phoenix pay system should turn up the pressure on the federal government to fix...

Senate considers pulling out of Phoenix pay system

(subscription) (subscription)The deadline for responses is August 15. Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, chair of the Senate's powerful internal economy committee, said the problem-plagued Phoenix...

Senate committee may sink bill to outlaw keeping whales in captivity: sources

(subscription) (subscription)Committee Deputy Chair Elizabeth Hubley agreed the government's position should not be of concern to members of the committee. “I don't think the...

The Senate needs to solve its Meredith problem — fast

(subscription) (subscription)The Senate Ethics Office opened its investigation in 2015, citing “an irregular rate of staff turnover and other patterns” in Meredith's office that...

Sparks fly as senators and former Marineland trainer debate whale captivity

(subscription) (subscription)Phil Demers, who has worked as a marine mammal trainer for 12 years, told members of the Senate committee on fisheries and oceans...

Anti-whale captivity bill goes before Senate committee

iPolitics.ca (subscription) - iPoliticsiPolitics.ca (subscription)Despite concerted efforts to sink it, a Senate bill aimed at ending the captivity of whales and dolphins has lived to...

Senator Carolyn Stewart-Olsen endorses Scheer for leadership

(subscription) (subscription)Senator Carolyn Stewart-Olsen announced Wednesday that she's throwing her weight behind Conservative leadership candidate Andrew Scheer. “I have known Andrew since he was...

Senator Verner quitting Tory caucus to sit as Independent

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative Senator Josée Verner is quitting the Conservative caucus to sit as an Independent, Verner's office confirmed Tuesday morning. Verner was appointed to...

Senators to address worsening Northern housing crisis

(subscription) (subscription)To add insult to injury, Senator Lillian Dyck, who chairs the Senate committee, said in every community they travelled to, there were empty...

Senate committee says judicial vacancies need filling 'immediately'

(subscription) (subscription)The Chair of the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Senator Bob Runciman said in a release that the committee has seen...

Senate to claw back Duffy's salary

(subscription) (subscription)Duffy's lawyer told the Senate that the one-time Conservative senator's spending was given the all-clear by an Ontario Court judge earlier this year...

Elected Conservative Senator Doug Black to sit as Independent

(subscription) (subscription)Black is the latest in a line of Conservative Senators who have left caucus to sit as independents – including Quebec Sen. Jacques...

Sajjan says Canada eyeing peacekeeping role fighting terrorism in Africa

(subscription) (subscription)Nope, that too was a liberal mistake covered up by making the general sent there hand picked by the liberals despite many objections...

Government completes reform of Senate appointment process

(subscription)If, by coincidence, we actually show up on the same day, I have a lot of hockey questions I want to ask him. Prolly...

Energy East is the pipeline we need

(subscription)By the way, in case you're wondering: Percy Mockler is a Conservative senator and former New Brunswick MLA and cabinet minister. herefornow49 • 4...

Would conference committees solve the Senate's independence issue?

(subscription) (subscription)Media speculation over whether a conference could have been called during the C-14 debate started after Liberal Sen. Serge Joyal pointed to it...

The Duffy coda: The hypocrites hit back

(subscription) (subscription)A month after that outrage, which left even Conservative senators like Hugh Segal shaking their heads, the suspensions began as if that little...

Senate committee says Canada should accept North Korean defectors

(subscription) (subscription)In a report released Monday, senators Jim Munson and Salma Ataullahjan stress that while Canadians have been “patting ourselves on the back” for...

Senate committee says Canada should accept North Korean defectors

(subscription) (subscription)In a report released Monday, senators Jim Munson and Salma Ataullahjan stress that while Canadians have been “patting ourselves on the back” for...

Serge Joyal is not done with C-14

(subscription)Liberal Senator Serge Joyal talks to the members of the media outside the Senate Chambers on Parliament Hill Thursday, June 18, 2015. THE CANADIAN...

Obama drops the gauntlet, hacking Trump and namaste, America

(subscription) (subscription)With the House debating the issue today and negotiations for an enhanced Agreement on Internal Trade having missed a March 2016 deadline, a...

Senators reject major amendments to assisted dying bill

(subscription)Conservative Senator Betty Unger – a former Alberta nurse who practiced in care homes – put forward an amendment that would limit nurse practitioners...

Senators reject major amendments to assisted dying bill

(subscription)Liberal Senator Jane Cordy said she would rather die with a nurse by her side than by talking with a doctor over video conference.

Solidarity, gun sanity and a sonnet for Orlando

(subscription) (subscription)... a Senate committee that he regrets not having bought the Boeing F-35 fighter jet as minister, and that the current Liberal government...

Senate amends assisted dying bill again

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative Senator Denise Batters said she was disappointed her Friday proposal to require a 90-day waiting period for patients with mental illnesses was...

Philpott balks at Senate's C-14 changes

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative Senator David Tkachuk, who voted against last night's amendment, thinks third reading will be done next week, but he suspects the Commons...

Senators amend assisted dying bill

(subscription) (subscription)Liberal Senator James Cowan said the amendment would “remove the concerns about the unconstitutionality of the bill” – although other senators like Conservative...

Of sinkholes, Scud Studs and Sartre

(subscription) (subscription)Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said the cause of the cavity, which promised at press time to make the evening commute a cauchemar, was...

Plett trolling animal rights activists

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative Senator Don Plett has made it clear that he's not a fan of a bill that would make whale, dolphin and porpoise...

Democratic reform, Clinton hits the bar and Streep's Trumpian tour de force

(subscription) (subscription)Former Manitoba Senator Rod Zimmer has died in hospital, according to family members who spoke to iPolitics. Zimmer ... In James Munson's Drilldown...

Goodale responds to Senate concerns over RCMP collective bargaining

(subscription) (subscription)Campbell was at committee Monday morning and again stressed his concerns that the bill should not exclude which issues can be dealt with...

Provincial assisted-dying guidelines 'insufficient': Philpott

(subscription) (subscription)We cannot let them down.” Conservative Senator Claude Carignan put it most succinctly: “Bill C-14 fails to satisfy either side in this debate:...

On death and dying in the Red Chamber

(subscription) (subscription)To underscore his contempt for the place, Harper appointed people to it while they were under regulatory investigation by Elections Canada (Irving Gerstein...

Justice minister defends assisted dying bill before the Senate

(subscription) (subscription)Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould urged Senators to quickly pass the government's assisted dying legislation Wednesday, telling them Bill C-14 strikes a “reasonable, balanced...

Senator Don Plett

(subscription) (subscription)A Conservative senator is looking for the Liberal government to enact “prompt payment” legislation on federal projects, making sure cash paid to large...

Conservative senator looks for Liberal help in passing 'prompt payment' law

(subscription) (subscription)The idea contained in Sen. Don Plett's private bill in the Senate would allow trade contractors who don't get paid right away to...

Senators say Bill C-14 won't meet Supreme Court's June 6 deadline

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative Senator Claude Carignan said it would be “impossible to have the bill passed by June 6.” He disagreed with Wilson-Raybould, arguing it...

Senator Salma Ataullahjan

(subscription) (subscription)Testifying before a Senate committee on human rights and on the integration of newly-arrived Syrian refugees and the challenges they are facing, McCallum,...

Senators say Bill C-14 won't meet Supreme Court's June 6 deadline

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative Senator Claude Carignan said it would be “impossible to have the bill passed by June 6.” He disagreed with Wilson-Raybould, arguing it...

Diane Bellemare

(subscription) (subscription)The Liberal government's point man in the Senate is going to have to do his job without all the money he says he...

Diane Bellemare

(subscription) (subscription)The Liberal government's point man in the Senate is going to have to do his job without all the money he says he...

Beating a dead horse: Why can't Senate Conservatives let the Duffy affair go?

(subscription) (subscription)It's as black and white as it gets — though you'd never know that from the course events have taken since the senator's...

RCMP scandals

(subscription) (subscription)“Why won't you deal with this in an open and transparent way,” asked Senator Grant Mitchell, a longtime advocate for independent RCMP oversight.

Duffy returns to work in Senate office, skirts reporters

(subscription) (subscription)Earlier today, when Conservative MP Tony Clement and Conservative Senator Linda Frum held a press conference on Iran Accountability Week, they fielded more...

Bumpy road toward an independent Senate a 'work in progress': Harder

(subscription) (subscription)Two years after the bill initially passed, it was struck down in the Senate after several amendments. But a visiting professor at Ryerson...

As candidates emerge for Conservative Party presidency, a familiar divide emerges

(subscription) (subscription)He lost to Don Plett, now a Conservative senator, in 2005. But there's another important quality Mitchell believes he brings to the table.

As candidates emerge for Conservative Party presidency, a familiar divide emerges

(subscription) (subscription)He lost to Don Plett, now a Conservative senator, in 2005. But there's another important quality Mitchell believes he brings to the table.

A lot of people seem determined to learn nothing from the Duffy affair

(subscription) (subscription)With the judge's accusatory finger pointing toward the Harper PMO and the Senate rules themselves, after the Crown brought such a breathlessly spurious...

Senators won't be taking the Duffy acquittal to the bank

(subscription) (subscription)For instance, Senator Pierre Hugues Boisvenu moved to Ottawa because of a divorce, yet continued to declare his Sherbrooke home his primary residence...