It's not easy making major changes to a canadian institution just ask prime minister stephen harper, the latest leader to tackle the issue of senate reform.
This was revealed most starkly in 2002, when former minister for defence peter reith refused to appear before the senate committee investigating the children overboard affair, and the cabinet also ordered that his staffers not comply with the committee's requests to attend at the time, the coalition lacked a majority in the. In the constitution act, 1982, the federal government and the provinces made a bargain regarding senate reform: while parliament may generally make minor changes to the sena1~e unilatera/jy, certain specified changes, including changes to the method of select:ing senators, require provincial consent this bargain.
The propositions list the key components to consider for successful senate reform in particular, they point to the critical interests that must be accommodated : partisanship and the power of the prime minister ignoring these issues and generating ambitious plans for large-scale constitutional change is a.
The special senate committee on senate reform met this day at 2:03 pm to examine the subject-matter of bill s-4, to amend the constitution act, 1867 ( senate tenure), and the motion to amend the constitution of canada (western regional representation in the senate) senator daniel hays (chairman). Reference re senate reform was a reference question to the supreme court of canada regarding the constitutional validity of proposals to change the senate, such as term limits, consultative elections, and abolishment the ruling was announced april 2014, following arguments made in november 2013 the court.