Harper's given up on Senate reform, NDP says

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on...

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa April 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:22 PM ET

OTTAWA — Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair accused the prime minister Tuesday of abandoning efforts to reform the Senate.

Following a Supreme Court ruling last week in which it said Parliament cannot unilaterally reform the Senate, Stephen Harper said the issue was "off the table."

In question period, Mulcair said that when it comes to the upper chamber, Harper prefers the status quo.

Mulcair also asked: "Why is it only the prime minister's resolve about abolishing the Senate that has vanished?"

Harper sarcastically responded that the Supreme Court, "in its wisdom," ruled the federal government cannot amend or abolish the Senate without constitutional amendment, which would require provincial approval.

"So my position has not changed."

 


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