In other news, the Senate still exists -

In other news, the Senate still exists

The upper chamber grapples with union disclosure and sports betting


While the RCMP investigates various senators, the Senate is about to explore the parameters of its own existence.

Conservative senators are apparently uncomfortable with C-377, the union disclosure bill by Conservative MP Russ Hiebert. Meanwhile, C-290, the sports betting bill sponsored by NDP MP Brian Masse, has been stalled in the Senate for seven months without a final vote.

There are certainly serious concerns about C-377, but if you’re a New Democrat who opposes the bill, you probably can’t endorse any changes made by the Senate—especially after the Senate killed the Climate Change Accountability Act and stalled the bill that sought to make pharmaceuticals more readily available for humanitarian efforts.

Meanwhile, if you’re a Conservative who spent the years between 2006 and 2009 lamenting the actions of “unelected and unaccountable Liberal senators,” you’ve at least got to update your lament.


In other news, the Senate still exists

  1. “Project Amble” is a deliciously ironic operation name for an investigation that didn’t wander on over to the Senate until almost everyone in Canada was already asking why the behaviour we were reading about wasn’t considered illegal.

  2. Handing an investigation off to the Mounties is better than burying it, from the Cons’ point of view. By the time it re-surfaces, it’ll be stuff for archivists and historians to pore over, not current affairs journalists.

    • Timing is everything. Ask Paul Martin.

      • Or Ralph Goodale, whose investigation the Mounties “leaked” just before the 2006 election, then exonerated completely after the damage was done and the election was over.

        The Mounties make the Keystone Kops look like MI5. They manage to bungle almost anything they touch…and take their sweet-ass time doing it.

        • Not a fan of the RCMP in general, but have to say that in their current governance structure they are in a very difficult position when it comes to investigating this close to the Prime Minister’s Office. Let’s not forget that when they tried to investigate Brian Mulroney he sued and the government of the day capitulated and paid a settlement even though it turned out that there were many solid reasons to investigate the connection between his paid lobbying and Airbus procurement.

          It’s one thing to say that the RCMP Commissioner is independent, but without strong civilian oversight, that is actually and vigorously independent of the PMO and the cabinet, we’ll never get an untainted look at allegations of political wrongdoing for the party in power or the Opposition.

        • That’s what I was getting at. Guess I could have been more explicit…