The Canadian PressJuly 31, 2013 16:02
OTTAWA - The Harper Conservatives say they should be able to reform the Senate without reopening the Constitution.
The government has submitted legal arguments to the Supreme Court of Canada in a reference it sent to the court earlier this year on proposed Senate reform legislation, Bill C-7.
Pierre Poilievre, minister of state for democratic reform, says the government will argue that its proposed changes to the Senate do not require consent of the provinces.
The government asked the Supreme Court in February to clarify its powers to reform or abolish the Senate.