Senate reform

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The Senate of Canada is up on its hind legs. Will it bite?

Independent senators now make up the majority in a newly relevant upper chamber—and, yes, they have the power to kill bills
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Will Mike Duffy’s return overshadow Senate reforms?

With the acquittal—and imminent return to work—of Sen. Mike Duffy, the upper chamber readies itself for a new role
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Election Issues 2015: A Maclean’s primer on democratic reform

Maclean’s is your destination for the 2015 election. Start with our in-depth primers on the big issues, including democratic reform
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Senate reform? There’s just the teensy problem of the Constitution.

Both Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair have plans to reform the Senate that may prove unconstitutional. Now what?
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After appointing 56 senators, Stephen Harper is done

The Prime Minister declares a moratorium on Senate appointments and the countdown to a constitutional crisis is on
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Harper adjusts his Senate strategy

He didn’t emerge in support of abolishing the Senate—but the Prime Minister’s plans are still worthy of scrutiny. John Geddes explains
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How should the Senate be?

Beset with scandal, the Senate adjourns and passes up two opportunities to assert itself and its purpose. Now what?
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Where the provinces stand on Senate reform

An elected or abolished Senate is going to need provincial support. So here’s what the provinces have to say.
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The way the Senate was

Talk of ’honour’ at the Duffy trial shows what must change
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Brazen populism can’t kill the Senate

Why the red chamber won’t die of simple neglect