Conservative Sen. Joanne Buth has resigned from the Upper Chamber. Sen. Claude Carignan, government leader in the Senate, said Buth is stepping down to become CEO of the Canadian International Grains Institute.
By following the Supreme Court’s ruling and shrugging off Senate reform as a provincial responsibility, the prime minister has handed Canada’s premiers their moment of constitutional glory, Don Martin writes.
When the Supreme Court's ruling on Senate reform last week slammed the door on Prime Minister Stephen Harper's hopes of dodging a constitutional quagmire, his rivals were left to argue about alternatives.
The provinces should come forward with proposals to reform or abolish the Senate “forthwith,” says Prime Minister Stephen Harper following a Supreme Court ruling last week that said the federal government cannot unilaterally make changes to the Upper Chamber.
By turning the power to approve term limits, Senate elections or outright abolishment over to the provinces as part of a reopened constitutional negotiation where consensus is mission impossible, the Supreme Court has preserved the status quo for eternity.