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Government leader in the Senate Claude Carignan speaks to the media in the Senate foyer on Parliament Hill on Oct. 24, 2013.
Government leader in the Senate Claude Carignan speaks to the media in the Senate foyer on Parliament Hill on Oct. 24, 2013.
(Dave Chan for The Globe and Mail)

Nine election changes Conservative senators didn’t seek

There was what the Senate said, and all that it didn’t.

This week, a Tory-dominated Senate committee that had been “pre-studying” the controversial Fair Elections Act, Bill C-23, recommended nine changes to the House of Commons committee that currently has the bill before it. It’s an exceptionally unusual situation, raising questions of what will happen if the House ignores the suggestions and then sends its final version of the bill to the Senate for approval.