Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Tag: Senate of Canada

  • Invitation to Friends of I-CONnect: Symposium at McGill University on the Senate Reference

    —Richard Albert, Boston College Law School Friends of I-CONnect are invited to attend the McGill Law Journal’s 2015 symposium on “Democracy, Federalism and the Rule of Law: The Implications of the Senate Reference.” All are welcome: scholars, students, lawyers and the general public.

  • Supreme Court of Canada Issues Advisory Opinion in Senate Reference

    –David Dias, Senior Editor at Lexpert [Cross-posted from Canadian Lawyer Magazine under title “SCC pours cold water on Harper’s Senate plans”] The Supreme Court of Canada today effectively put an end to the Conservative government’s goal of reforming the Senate, pouring cold water over any idea that Ottawa can unilaterally impose term limits or consultative elections on members of the Upper House.

  • Canadian Supreme Court to Issue Advisory Opinion on Senate Reform

    —Richard Albert, Boston College Law School Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Canada announced that it will issue its advisory opinion on Senate Reform next week on Friday, April 25. The Court’s advisory opinion has been long awaited. The Court is expected to advise the Government of Canada on what is constitutionally required to reform and/or abolish the Senate.

  • Resources for Readers: The Future of the Canadian Senate

    Tomorrow, the Canadian Supreme Court will begin three days of hearings on the constitutionality of proposed changes to the Senate of Canada. This could be the most important case in Canadian constitutional law since the 1998 Secession Reference. The hearings will be broadcast live here starting tomorrow at 9:30am EST.

  • Ireland’s Senate Survives

    —Eoin Carolan, University College Dublin In a result that defied all pre-referendum opinion polls, a narrow majority of voters last week rejected a proposal to abolish Ireland’s Seanad (Senate). The proposal, which was closely associated with Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny, was defeated by 51.7% to 48.3%, a margin of almost 42,500 votes.