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Reforming the Senate of Canada : frequently asked questions

Author: André Barnes; Canada. Parliamentary Information and Research Service.
Publisher: [Ottawa, Ont.] : Library of Parliament, 2009
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: André Barnes; Canada. Parliamentary Information and Research Service.
OCLC Number: 503049589
Notes: "10 August 2009."
Description: 1 online resource (ii, 47, iv pages)
Contents: What mechanisms are currently in place to resolve a deadlock between the Senate and the House of Commons --
What is a conference between the houses --
Would an elected Senate be compatible with the principle of responsible government --
What powers should a reformed Senate have --
Abolition of the Senate --
Has abolishing the Senate been discussed in the past --
What are some of the arguments for and against abolishing the Senate --
Which Canadian provinces are in favour of abolishing the Senate --
What are the constitutional implications of abolishing the Senate, and how could the abolition be accomplished --
Election of the Speaker of the Senate --
What are the powers and mandate of the Speaker of the Senate --
What are the arguments for and against an elected Speaker --
Have there been any recent proposals for the election of the Speaker --
How is the Speaker of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom selected --
Other reforms --
Are property qualifications of senators still appropriate and relevant --
What are senatorial divisions in Quebec and how useful are they --
Should attendance requirements in the Senate chamber be improved --
Is the minimum age to sit as a senator relevant --
Should senators be Canadian citizens rather than "subjects of the Queen" --
What are the recent proposals for other Senate reforms --
Appendix. Further reading. Part I. Constitutional dimensions of Senate reform --
What are the constitutional implications of Senate reform --
What role do the Canadian provinces play in Senate reform --
What is the process for amending the constitution in Canada --
What has the Supreme Court of Canada pronounced on Senate reform --
What Senate reforms would not require amending the constitution --
Part II. A brief history of Senate reform in Canada --
What formal constitutional changes were made to the Senate during the period from Confederation to 1982 --
What informal changes have occurred within the Senate since Confederation --
What major Senate reform proposals were made before the 1980s --
What are the main reform proposals that have been put forth since 1980 --
"Triple E" Senate proposals --
Canada West Foundation (1981) --
Alberta Select Committee (1985) --
Charlottetown Accord (1992) --
Non-"Triple E" proposals --
Molgat-Cosgrove Committee (1984) --
Macdonald Commission (1985) --
Beaudoin-Dobbie Committee (1992) --
What reforms have been proposed by the government since 2004 --
Part III. Elements of Senate reform --
Selection of senators --
How many Senate seats are there --
How are senators appointed --
What qualifications does a person need to be appointed to the Senate --
Is there a specific time limit for filling vacancies in the Senate --
What are the main arguments for and against an elected Senate. What have been the government's recent proposals for the selection of senators --
How do other major western democracies select the members of their upper chambers --
What can be learned from Australia's elected Senate --
Have similar reforms been proposed for the United Kingdom's House of Lords --
Term limits --
How long is the tenure of a senator --
How can a senator lose his or her seat in the Senate --
What are some of the arguments for and against term limits for senators --
What have been the government's recent proposals to limit the tenure of senators --
Are there proposals for term limits in the United Kingdom's House of Lords --
Regional distribution of seats --
What are the Senate's regional divisions --
What is the representation of each province and territory in the Senate --
How can the current distribution of Senate seats be amended --
Does the Senate effectively fulfill its role of regional representation --
How did the Charlottetown Accord "Triple E" reform proposal suggest that Senate seats should be distributed --
Have there been recent proposals to redistribute seats in the Senate --
Reforms affecting the powers of the Senate --
What are the key provisions of the Constitution that govern the powers and functioning of the Senate --
How do the powers of the Senate compare with those of the House of Commons --
Money bills --
Constitutional amendments --
Confidence motions.
Other Titles: Réforme du Sénat du Canada :
Responsibility: Andre Barnes [and others] ; Parliamentary Information and Research Service.
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