Manitoba could lead charge to abolish Senate

Andrew Swan, the minister responsible for constitutional affairs, says Manitoba could lead the...

Andrew Swan, the minister responsible for constitutional affairs, says Manitoba could lead the charge to abolish the Senate. (CHRIS PROCAYLO/QMI Agency)

Kristin Annable, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:31 PM ET

WINNIPEG — The province has renewed calls to abolish the Senate, after a Supreme Court ruling opened the door for provincial input.

The Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion Friday regarding senate reforms, which said all 10 provinces have to be on board before the Senate could be abolished.

Andrew Swan, the minister responsible for constitutional affairs, says Manitoba could lead that charge.

“We’ve been very clear on our position, we believe the Senate has outlived its usefulness and we believe the Senate should be abolished,” he said.

A constitutional conference is the only way to advance the idea, he said.


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