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Supreme Court shoots down Stephen Harper's Senate reform plans

Harper has threatened to abolish the Senate if his reform plans are stymied

A ceremony goes in the Senate chambers in Ottawa
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The Supreme Court of Canada has shot down Prime Minister Stephen Harper's hopes of a quick fix for the scandal-plagued Senate.

The top court says Harper's plans to impose terms limits on senators and to create a election process for choosing nominees can't be done by the federal government alone.

It says the reforms would require constitutional amendments approved by at least seven provinces representing 50 per cent of the population - a process fraught with political landmines which Harper had hoped to avoid.

Harper has threatened to abolish the Senate if his reform plans are stymied.

But the Supreme Court has set an even higher constitutional hurdle to get rid of the upper house altogether: unanimous consent of all 10 provinces.

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  1. cotrim posted on 04/25/2014 10:06 AM
    shooting down everything the corrupt federal conservatives bring forward is a good start. next we have to shoot down the unfair elections act!
    1. Jack posted on 04/25/2014 10:34 AM
      @cotrim It's only unfair to the NDP and Liberal voters who want to use vouching to vote multiple times at multiple polls. To every honest, legitimate voter in the country, it's just fine.
    2. john posted on 04/25/2014 10:43 AM
      @cotrim damn i know u are brain washed but man not that bad .
  2. Sonny posted on 04/25/2014 10:10 AM
    Harper blew it as he enters his 9th year as PM. Some of the appointed Senators show his bad judgement. He even appointed Senator Fortier to be part of his first Gov't as are the Alberta Senators appointed!
  3. john posted on 04/25/2014 10:45 AM
    time to vote for our judges . the senate thing is a good ideal . the judges are just assholes we need to elect them .
    1. john's literate uncle posted on 04/25/2014 11:15 AM
      @john Thankfully you don't vote, because you can't read the poll location signs.
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