Efforts to change the way Canada’s Senate does its job on behalf of Canadians are almost as old as the institution itself. Some Prime Ministers have tried to kickstart reform by recommending term limits for Senators. Others have attempted to make Senate reform a federal campaign issue or a constitutional challenge. So it should surprise no one that renewing the Senate is again a hot topic of conversation. Only this time, the ideas are more than just proposals. Here, find out all about the steps towards modernization and the significant ramifications of this change for our country.
FAQs about Government representation in a changing Senate
Find out more about how the GRO operates in a renewed Senate.
How legislation is sponsored in the renewed Senate
Government bills can now be sponsored by any Senator — regardless of affiliation.
Why we need independent oversight on Senate expenses
It’s high time, writes Senator Peter Harder, for the Upper Chamber to act on the Auditor General’s recommendations on expenses.
When delay is not sober second thought
Senator Peter Harder writes: A new Senate “business committee” could help build efficient timetables for debating legislation and free the process from partisan tactics.
Tall tales of the Senate and a withering Westminster
Our system of government is extremely adaptable, writes Senator Peter Harder, and our Senate does not have to be identical to the House of Lords.