Senate Reform

Centre for the Study of Democracy, Queen’s University - Debate on Senate Reform

By Greg Farries on May 25, 2010

Among Canadian democratic institutions, the Senate is arguably the most controversial and, for many Canadians, the least understood. With legislation to reform the Senate once again before Parliament, the Centre will be holding a debate to discuss what, if anything, is wrong with the Senate of Canada, whether it should be reformed and, if so, by what means. Debaters: Senator Hugh Segal; Senator James S.

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Cartoon: Harper, Prorogation and Canadian Democracy

Find a political cartoon that depicts Prime Minister Stephen Harper proroguing parliament - and potentially hurting Canadian democracy - for the sake of making some Conservative senate appointments.

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Senate Reform in Manitoba -- The Case for a "Weighted Districts" Model

By Jared Wesley on Mar 1, 2009

In response to a series of reforms proposed by Prime Minister Harper, the Government of Manitoba is investigating new ways of selecting provincial representatives in the Senate of Canada. As part of this process, the Manitoba Government just completed a series of public consultations, during which I recommended the province adopt a "Weighted-District-Election" model for selecting Senators-in-waiting... 

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Charlottetown Accord: History and Overview

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Feb 10, 2009

The Charlottetown Accord is a set of failed constitutional amendments, proposed in the early 1990s, to gain Quebec’s formal acceptance of the Canadian Constitution. The Charlottetown Accord was the second attempt to bring Quebec into the constitutional fold, and was initiated after the failed Meech Lake Accord of 1987. This article provides an introduction to the history and substance of the Charlottetown Accord.

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Speaker of the Senate, Noël A. Kinsella Interview

Interviewed by Greg Farries on Mar 13, 2008

Find an in-depth interview with the Speaker of the Senate, Noël A. Kinsella. The interview focuses on several subjects, including questions relating to the Canadian Senate, and some of the proposals to reform the Senate.

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Interview with Senate Speaker, Noël A. Kinsella, Please Submit Your Questions!

By Greg Farries on Feb 13, 2008

I am scheduled to do an interview with Senator Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker of the Canadian Senate. I'm providing visitors (and forum members) the opportunity to submit potential questions to Senator Kinsella.

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The Canadian Senate: Role, Powers & Operation

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Jun 1, 2007

Canada’s Parliament consists of two legislative houses: the House of Commons and the Senate.

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Senate Reform in Canada

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Oct 1, 2006

Canada has a long and diverse history of Senate reform proposals, dating back to 1874, when the House of Commons heard, and rejected, a proposal to allow each province to select its own Senators.

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