Empowering the Senate

Empowering the Senate

On Monday, in an unprecedented collaboration among Atlantic Canadian newspapers, The Telegram began a detailed examination of the Canadian Senate.

For five days next week, along with The Telegraph-Journal of Saint John, The Daily Gleaner of Fredericton, The Times and Transcript of Moncton and The Guardian of Charlottetown, The Telegram will carry articles that we have developed together. On the sixth day, next Saturday, we will publish an unprecedented joint editorial.

Our daily newspapers believe the Senate can be reformed to more eloquently represent our provincial and regional interests. We believe the Prime Minister’s willingness to have each province, in effect, choose its own senators is an opportunity of historic importance. Among Atlantic governments, only New Brunswick has recognized the importance of this moment. 

We hope our series will encourage others to think about how the Senate has failed our region for 145 years and why now is our best opportunity to create voices in the Senate with a clear mandate to confidently and effectively advocate in our favour.

 

New Brunswick flying solo

March 19, 2012 - 9 h 20

As the Senate reform trailblazer in Atlantic Canada, New Brunswick so far is pursuing a lonely path towards the goal of an elected Upper Chamber. 

When Premier David Alward announced last...

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A Brief History of the Senate

March 20, 2012 - 10 h 28

1867: The Dominion of Canada is created; the Senate and House of Commons come into existence. 

1874: Buyer’s remorse — MP David Mills says the Constitution...

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To elect or not to elect

March 21, 2012 - 9 h 52

 

There were cheers on June 19, 1990, the day retired Armed Forces general Stan Waters marched onto Parliament Hill to become the first elected senator since Confederation. 

“This...

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Senate reform an elusive target

March 21, 2012 - 9 h 58

 

“If the upper house agrees with the lower it is superfluous, if it disagrees, it ought to be abolished.” — Abbe E.J. Sieyes, 18th-century French politician.

It’s...

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Senate Reform Act gets mixed reviews

March 22, 2012 - 10 h 07

 

Premier David Alward says he’s worried that New Brunswick’s voice will become weaker in a federal system where vote-rich Central and Western provinces are getting bigger and stronger.

The...

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