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?