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Minister of Democratic Institutions Announces Launch of the Permanent Phase of the Independent Senate Appointments Process

Ottawa, Ontario, July 7, 2016 - The Government of Canada remains committed to reforming the Senate, restoring public trust, and bringing an end to partisanship in the appointments process.

Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions, launched the permanent phase of the independent Senate appointments process – which features an application process that is open to all Canadians. The four-week period during which applications will be accepted is now open until August 4, 2016.

Minister Monsef Announces Launch of Federal Electoral Reform Dialogue Guide, Tools and Resources

Ottawa, Ontario, July 6, 2016 - The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions, today announced the launch of a comprehensive set of resources to help Canadians engage in the national dialogue on electoral reform.

A detailed dialogue guide, as well as educational and logistical resources, are now available on Canada.ca/Democracy. This website will also serve as a place where all Canadians can go to stay informed on electoral reform and upcoming engagement activities in their communities.

Minister of Democratic Institutions Announces Establishment of the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments

Ottawa, Ontario, January 19, 2016 - The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions, today announced the establishment of the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments (Advisory Board).

The Advisory Board will be an independent and non-partisan body whose mandate is to provide the Prime Minister with merit-based recommendations on Senate nominations.

Government Announces Immediate Senate Reform

Ottawa, Ontario, December 3, 2015 - In order to bring real change to the Senate, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions, with the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, announced today the establishment of a new, non-partisan, merit-based process to advise on Senate appointments.

Archive - Harper Government Introduces Citizen Voting Act

Ottawa, December 10, 2014 - Today, Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre introduced the Citizen Voting Act to help ensure everyone who votes is a Canadian citizen and to require voters living abroad to follow the ID rules set out in the Fair Elections Act. The bill will fill the void created in the aftermath of the Ontario Superior Court decision (Frank et al. v. Attorney General of Canada) which struck down the previous rules on voting in Canadian elections while living abroad.

Archive - Government addresses Supreme Court ruling on Senate Reference

Ottawa, ON (April 25, 2014) – The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of State for Democratic Reform, today commented on the Supreme Court’s opinion on the Senate reference.

“Our Government asked the Supreme Court of Canada for a legal instruction manual on how to proceed with Senate reform. We now have that manual.

“On February 1, 2013, six questions were put to the Supreme Court to clarify which of the amending procedures in the constitution were appropriate to bring much needed change to the Upper Chamber.

Archive - Government Supports Amendments to Fair Elections Act

Ottawa, ON (April 25, 2014) – Today Democratic Reform Minister, Pierre Poilievre, announced the Government would support amendments to the Fair Elections Act, in anticipation of the House Committee on Procedure and House Affairs’ clause-by-clause review of the bill that will take place next week.

The amendments supported by the Government include:

Archive - Harper Government Introduces Fair Elections Act

Ottawa, ON, February 4, 2014 – Today Democratic Reform Minister, Pierre Poilievre, introduced a sweeping bill designed to protect the fairness of federal elections.

“The Fair Elections Act will ensure everyday citizens are in charge of democracy, by putting special interests on the sidelines and rule-breakers out of business,” said Minister Poilievre.

Archive - Statement by Minister of State Poilievre on the Supreme Court of Canada Hearings on Senate Reform

Ottawa, ON (November 12, 2013) – The Right Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of State (Democratic Reform), today issued the following statement:

"Today marks the opening of the hearings in the Supreme Court for our Government’s reference on the Senate. Our Government has asked the top Court for a legal instruction manual on Senate reform and Senate abolition. Canadians have waited 146 years for the Senate to change. This reference to our nation's top jurists will light the way.”

Archive - Harper Government Advances Senate Reform

Ottawa, ON (July 31, 2013) – The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of State for Democratic Reform, today announced that the Government is submitting factums for references on Senate reform that will be heard respectively in the Quebec Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

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