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Journalist Paula Simons, named yesterday as a member of the Canadian Senate for Alberta (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Paula Simons, until recently a city columnist for the Edmonton Journal who had a deft ability to swiftly spin a literate and fervent crie de coeur, has been named to the Senate of Canada.
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David J. Climenhaga | Since when is the chief of staff to the prime minister of Canada a person of no consequence?
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Céline Hervieux-Payette
David J. Climenhaga | We can persuade the government of Canada to introduce sensible restrictions on gun ownership because Canadians who favour such laws vastly outnumber the country's noisy gun lobby.
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Stephen Harper
David J. Climenhaga | The leaders of the Conservative Party of Canada clearly remain convinced that they are still the rightful rulers of Canada.
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Grant Mitchell
David J. Climenhaga | "We heard over and over again from police that the commitment to outreach is very important," said Senator Grant Mitchell of Alberta.
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The Canadian Senate Chamber
David J. Climenhaga | Were this not so obviously a desperate political ploy to save the Harper government's bacon it would be easy to dismiss the senators as mere simpletons.
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Andrew P.W. Bennett
David J. Climenhaga | All kidding, aside, there is one inescapable conclusion from this situation: The time to abolish the Senate is right freakin' now!
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David J. Climenhaga | If Alberta Premier Alison Redford thinks paying a $45,000 travel bill is going to make the travel-costs controversy that's been dogging her disappear, she can think again.
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Margaret Wente
David J. Climenhaga | It was not legal reasons, it is said here, that prompted the Globe and Mail to disable comments on Margaret Wente's column yesterday. It was shame!
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David J. Climenhaga | Unfortunately for the PM's "reform" talk, the only way to fix the Senate that will actually work is to abolish it.
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Stephen Harper
David J. Climenhaga | Don't hold your breath waiting for the PM to resign. Stephen Harper, his cabinet and his Reform Party caucus hold Parliament and its conventions in contempt.
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'Democratic Reform' Minister Tim Uppal
David J. Climenhaga | Senate "reform" is a fraud. Canadians who care about democracy must continue to work for the abolition of this worse-than-useless chamber.