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House Government Bill
41st Parliament, 1st Session
June 2, 2011 - September 13, 2013
Text of the Bill
C-7
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An Act respecting the selection of senators and amending the Constitution Act, 1867 in respect of Senate term limits
Short Title
Senate Reform Act
Last Stage Completed
Introduction and First Reading in the House of Commons (2011-06-21)
Progress: Introduction and First Reading in the House of Commons
 
Further Reading
Reading List
  • A more representative chamber [electronic resource] : representation in the House of Lords. Bochel, Hugh. Journal of legislative studies, 18:82-97, Mar. 2012
  • A reformed Senate or the status quo in the 42nd Parliament?. Hays, Dan. Journal of parliamentary and political law, 7:31-36, March 2013
  • Beyond scandal and patronage : a rationale and strategy for Senate reform. Crowley, Brian L. Inside policy : the magazine of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute , 3:34-49, Dec. 2013
  • Breaking the bargain: comment on the constitutional validity of Bill C-7, The Proposed Senate Reform Act. Sarro, Douglas. University of Toronto Faculty of Law review, 70:115-40 , Spring 2012
  • Canada's Senate : reform or death?. Economist, 408:xx , Nov. 2, 2013
  • Committee performance in the Senate of Canada : some sobering analysis for the chamber of "sober second thought" . Lawlor, Andrea . Commonwealth & comparative politics , 51:549-68 , October 2013
  • Constitutional reform [electronic resource] : lording it. Economist, 404:11 , July 14, 2012
  • Critics accuse Tories of dragging feet on Senate reforms : PM's appointed 46 senators so far. Ryckewaert, Laura. Hill Times, no. 1120:1, 4, Jan. 16, 2012
  • Does it matter if the House of Lords isn’t reformed? [electronic resource] : perspectives from a symposium at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Farrington, Conor. Political quarterly , 83:599-608 , July-September 2012
  • Don't throw the Senate out with the bath water . Paré, Jean-Rodrigue. Canadian parliamentary review, 36:31-3 , Autumn 2013
  • Elected second chambers and their powers [electronic resource] : an international survey. Russell, Meg. Political quarterly, 83:117-29, Jan./Mar. 2012
  • Elected Senate would give it legitimacy, but could create legislative gridlock, say experts [Bill C-7]. Ryckewaert, Laura. Hill Times, no. 1122:1,28, Jan. 30, 2012
  • Fix : don't axe the Senate. Savoie, Donald J. Policy options, 34:7-9 , Sept./Oct. 2013
  • From an aristocratic anachronism to a democratic dilemma : an elected House of Lords and the lessons from Australia. Archer, Robin. Commonwealth & comparative politics , 51:267-82 , July 2013
  • Here's how to save our Senate (Opinion) [electronic resource]. Forsey, Helen. Hill Times, 1081:14, April 8, 2013
  • Il est temps d'envisager l'abolition du Sénat . Wall, Brad. Revue parlementaire canadienne , 36:6-9 , hiver 2013
  • La réforme du Sénat au Canada. Roussy, Alain. Ottawa law review, 45:93-136 no. 1, 2013-14
  • La représentation au Parlement fédéral des communautés de langue officielle en situation minoritaire : étude sur la réforme du Sénat et sa validité constitutionnelle. Power, Mark C. Revue générale de droit, 42(2):497-559, 2012
  • Ne jetons pas le Sénat avec l’eau de ses égaré. Paré, Jean-Rodrigue . Revue parlementaire canadienne, 36:17-20 , Autumn 2013
  • Public attitudes towards the House of Lords and House of Lords reform [electronic resource]. Cruse, Ian.. House of Lords Library, 24 p., Mar. 2, 2012
  • Quebec Senate decision may impact SCC reference. Schmitz, Cristin. Lawyers weekly , 33:11 , Nov. 8, 2013
  • Regional representation in the House of Lords [electronic resource]. Purvis, Matthew. House of Lords Library, 10 p., Mar. 6, 2012
  • Repenser la réforme de la Chambre des lords [ressource électronique]. Haselhurst, Alan. Revue parlementaire canadienne , 35:12-17 , hiver 2012
  • Rethinking House of Lords reform [electronic resource]. Haselhurst, Alan. Canadian parliamentary review , 35:12-16 , Winter 2012
  • Securing political success by repetition : can the Parliament Act 1911 be used by the House of Commons to insist on reform of the House of Lords. Pannick, David. Public Law, pp. 230-6, Apr. 2012
  • Special report (dossier) : the Senators and the elephant . Chodos, Bob. Inroads, no. 34:96-109 , Winter/Spring 2014
  • The architectural metaphor and the decline of political conventions in the Supreme Court of Canada's senate reform reference . Christa Sieglinde Scholtz. University of Toronto law journal, 68(4):661-693 , Fall 2018
  • The changing type of minor party elected to parliament [electronic resource] : the case of the Australian Senate from 1949 to 2010. Ghazarian, Zareh. Australian journal of political science , 47:441-54 , Sept. 2012
  • The constitutional form and reform of the Senate : thoughts on the constitutionality of Bill C-7. Walters, Mark D. Journal of parliamentary and political law, 7:37-61, March 2013
  • The Senate. Inside Ottawa, 20:1-4, Feb. 2013
  • The Senate and self-parody . Wells, Paul. Maclean's, 126:18-20 , Sept. 02, 2013
  • The Senate reform bill : a constitutional danger for Canada. Dion, Stéphane. Inroads, 31:71-81 , Summer/Fall 2012
  • Time to consider abolition of the Senate . Wall, Brad. Canadian parliamentary review , 36:6-9 , Winter 2013
  • What the Senate might look like in 2015 (Opinion). LeMay, Paul H. Hill Times, no. 1096:13, July 11, 2011
  • Yep (Opinion) [electronic resource] : salvaging the Senate could really be so simple. Forsey, Helen. Hill Times, no. 1082:13, April 15, 2013
Party Press Releases
  • Government Taking Action to Reform Senate (Conservative Party)
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