SHOULD CANADA HAVE AN ELECTED SENATE?

Today is election day in Alberta – two women leaders vying for office.  It looks very much like the Wildrose party will defeat the sitting government. But what caught my attention is the fact that Albertans will elect three federal “senators-in-waiting”.  Alberta is the only province with legislation to complement Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s scheme to “elect’ the entire Senate by appointing individuals chosen in this back-room way.  Three more provinces are considering joining this game.  This is the most harmful and radical item on Harper’s agenda.

But do Canadians want an elected Senate?

An elected Senate would bring the worst of America’s  dysfunctional system to Canada, eviscerating Canada’s advantage in making tough, timely decisions with transparency and accountability in the parliamentary system.

Should the Senate be abolished?

Should Canada have an elected Senate?

What do you think?

3 Comments »

  1. 1
    Robert Sapienza Says:

    Absolutely. In a democracy any representative “of the people” should be elected. This would end the tradition of a sort of political rewards programme.

  2. 2
    Janus Bellator Says:

    The whole point of having a senate is so it can counterbalance at leisure the bills passed in the house in haste.

    Yes, we do need a senate. And yes, it needs to be elected.

  3. 3
    Jim Says:

    Does anyone recall Diefenbaker’s appointing a train conductor to the Senate? Was this puncher appointed to protect the Dief from getting lynched because he destroed the Avro Arrow Aircraft, one of the finest aircraft ever built.


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