The federal government has lost its bid to have a challenge over prolonged Senate vacancies tossed out of court. The government had appealed a Federal Court judge's refusal to dismiss the case outright.
The federal government has tapped eminent Canadians from academe, the civil service, medicine, law, arts and sports to advise Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on merit-based appointments to the maligned Senate.
Here are five things you need to know about the new Senate selection process announced by the Trudeau government for appointing senators to the upper house. The process is aimed at restoring the Senate to its intended role as an independent chamber of sober second thought.
In the coming days, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make decisions to ensure that legislation can be brought forward and reviewed in the Conservative-dominated Senate, according to Government House Leader Dominic LeBlanc.
Sen. John Wallace is resigning from the Conservative caucus, citing "irreconcilable differences" between himself and his party over the role of the upper chamber -- which he feels should be non-partisan.