Feds push top court for senate review fast-track

Democratic Reform Minister Tim Uppal speaks to the media at Parliament Hill in Ottawa Nov. 2, 2011....

Democratic Reform Minister Tim Uppal speaks to the media at Parliament Hill in Ottawa Nov. 2, 2011. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)

Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 8:29 PM ET

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is asking Canada's top court to put a rush on its legal opinion on the constitutionality of Senate reform.

Federal Justice department lawyers filed a motion for an "expeditious" hearing with the Supreme Court of Canada on Feb. 7.

"The action is consistent with our aim in pursuing the (legal opinion), which is to accelerate the pace of reform and to lay the foundation for further reform," said Kate Davis, spokeswoman for Democratic Reform Minister Tim Uppal, on Friday.

It also asked a Quebec court to put that province's request - filed May 2012 - on the constitutionality of Senate reform on ice while the top court tackles the issue.


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