PM in no hurry to fill Senate vacancies
Prime Minister Harper says he doesn't have anybody in mind to fill five vacancies in the scandal-plagued Senate.
On the final stop of his northern tour today, Harper said he has no plans to fill the vacancies for the time being.
He says as long as his government's legislation is being passed in the Upper Chamber he is in no rush to appoint anyone.
The Conservatives have a majority in the Senate, which allows them to pass most government bills.
But it is apparently unclear whether Harper's Senate appointments, all of whom promised to support the government's Senate reform legislation, will actually vote for it.
The government's reform plans were put on hold a few months ago when Harper referred the issue to the Supreme Court of Canada.
He is seeking an opinion on whether the changes can be made without reopening the Constitution.