SUPREME COURT SAYS 'NO' TO SENATE REFORM WITHOUT PROVINCIAL CONSENT

Apr 25, 2014

By Scott Walker

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The Supreme Court of Canada says there will be no quick fix for the Senate.

The high court has ruled there can be no reform of the scandal-plagued upper chamber without a constitutional amendment. That would require consultation with the provinces.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper had asked the Court to rule whether he had the power to impose term limits, allow elected Senators, or even abolish the upper house altogether.

But the Court says changes such as that would require the agreement of at least seven provinces with 50 per cent of the population. Abolishing the Senate would require unanimous consent.

Harper has said he has no desire to begin another potentially-divisive constitutional debate.

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