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The chamber of the Senate of Canada. Photo: Makaristos/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | This is all you really need to know about Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's constitutionally meaningless Senate elections law, introduced as Bill 13 in the provincial legislature yesterday.
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Karl Nerenberg | Justice Vaillancourt found the Harper government guilty of disrespecting democracy in the Duffy affair. But the Senate, today, remains a flawed and undemocratic institution.
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Ralph Surette | Have we given up on Senate reform? The debate seems to have drifted down into a muddle about how to fill 22 vacant seats.
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Scott Vrooman | The new government's proposed Senate reform amounts to the reshuffling of a stacked deck.
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Roshini Nair | Author-activist Helen Forsey shares her vision for a better-functioning Senate from her book "A People's Senate for Canada" and reviews the candidates' ideas for Senate reform in this interview.
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Stephen Kimber | There is no evidence our upper chamber of pastured partisans provides a more effective voice for provincial interests than elected MPs, or provincial governments.
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Karl Nerenberg | Senate reform is hard. Most options would involve opening the Constitution, which has been painful, in the past. The Liberal option does not change much. Are we stuck with the status quo?
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Karl Nerenberg | To abolish the Senate a Prime Minister Mulcair would need constitutional consent of all provinces. And politically, First Nations would also have to be on side. It's a tall order, but not impossible.
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Geoffrey Stevens | Banning party discipline and asking provinces to select senators could restore the Senate's role as a chamber of sober second thought.
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Pro Bono, Priya Sarin | A recent string of well‑deserved thrashings in court have demonstrated that the Supreme Court is truly an independent, non‑partisan body, able to act as a check on the Harper government's actions.
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Geoffrey Stevens | Two examples of situations that are not what they appear: the Supreme Court ruling on Senate reform and the apparent run-up to an Ontario spring election.
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Karl Nerenberg | The Supreme Court ruling on the Senate came in this morning, and it is a significant loss for the Conservative Party, but it is going to affect all the parties. Karl Nerenberg talks about why.