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Workshops & seminars, Conferences & lectures

The Role of the Senate:
Saving Canadians from Democracy
with Charles Robert

Friday, February 5, 2016
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Charles Robert
Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments


This event is free


John Molson Building
1450 Guy



It is now clear that the abolition of the Senate can only occur with a resolution of the Senate, of the House of Commons, and of the legislative assembly of each province. Meanwhile, a new government has expressed greater openness to the idea of non-constitutional reforms of the upper house. So what does this mean for the future of the Canadian Senate? What role does the Senate play in the lives of Canadians and why should we endeavor to seek reform in the first place?

In examining the origins of the Senate, its role vis à vis the House of Commons, and the various possible non constitutional reforms available that can improve its credibility, this workshop will illustrate the important part the Senate plays in Canada and how it even goes so far as saving Canadians from democracy.

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