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 aims to elect senators

March 23, 2012 - 8 h 35

As the New Brunswick government begins to consider the mechanics of electing senators, it can look to numerous examples around the world, and at least a couple in Canada, as potential models.

Whether...

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New Brunswick aims to elect senators

Election of senators remains several years away

March 23, 2012 - 8 h 45

It will be several years before New Brunswickers can take part in Senate elections — possibly as soon as 2016, or maybe as late as 2020.

Jesse Robichaud, the premier’s press secretary, says...

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Election of senators remains several years away

It's broken: let's fix it

March 24, 2012 - 10 h 12

Why is it worth fixing the Senate of Canada? And why now? To the first question, we say this province and the Atlantic region have an interest in a...

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