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REPLAY: What's the deal with the Senate, anyway?

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How much do you know about the Red Chamber? (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

It's a story that has dominated headlines in Canada for weeks now: the controversial, potentially criminal, expense claims filed by certain members of the Canadian Senate.

CBC News has been following this story from the beginning and the response has been huge. Our web stories have received thousands of comments, and the reaction on our Facebook page has been non-stop.

But though the majority of the reaction has been negative - with calls to abolish the Senate altogether - does it at least show people care? And, better yet, is there an opportunity here to get more people, especially Canada's youth - to sit up and care?

Our three guests Thursday night helped get to the bottom

Tonight on CBC Live Online, host Lauren O'Neil welcomes:

  • Senator Mobina Jaffer, Liberal senator from British Columbia.
  • Alison Loat, co-founder and executive director of Samara.
  • Peter Loewen, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Toronto.

Together, along with audience members, they discussed the embattled institution, what it does and how it affects our lives.


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  What's the Deal with the Senate, Anyway?

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