11/24/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/24/2021 13:47
Bill S-2, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act and to make consequential and related amendments to other Acts, was introduced in the Senate on November 24, 2021. The bill's proposed changes would support the Senate of Canada's transition to a more independent and non-partisan Upper Chamber.
Bill S-2 was previously introduced and passed in the Senate in April 2021, during the last session of Parliament, where the bill died on the Order Paper upon dissolution.
If passed, the bill would amend the Parliament of Canada Act and make consequential and related amendments to other Acts to recognize the independence and non-partisan nature of the Senate.
Specifically, it would allow for:
In 2016, the Government established a non-partisan, merit-based process for Senate appointments. The Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments plays an important role in Canada's democracy by providing the Prime Minister with non-binding, merit-based recommendations for Senate appointments that reflect Canada's diversity and make a significant contribution to the work of Parliament. Since its establishment, 60 senators have been appointed to the Senate.
Building on these important steps, changes to the Parliament of Canada Act and other Acts through Bill S-2 aim to reflect the new realities of the Senate and align the law accordingly.