Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau will see their suspensions without pay come to an abrupt end once an election is called, but only one will be get immediate, full access to perks and expenses.
Since the Supreme Court ruling on Senate reform in 2014, there's been pressure in the Conservative caucus to find a new way forward on overhauling the upper chamber, consistently bogged down in scandal for the last three years.
The census questionnaire offers a better idea of what constitutes a secondary residence than the Senate does -- a question central to the ongoing controversy over housing expenses and the upper chamber.
Three bills passed by the House of Commons had their fates decided by the Senate on the eve of Canada Day -- one was pushed through by the Conservative majority, while the other two died without a word being spoken.
Conservative Senator Diane Bellemare is waging a one-woman crusade within the Senate's government caucus to block C-377, a private member's bill that would force labour unions to publicly disclose how they spend their money.