Nova Scotia premier says Senate appointments do ’considerable damage’ to Harper

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Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter talks with reporters in Sussex, N.B, in this May 15 photo.

HALIFAX — The premier of Nova Scotia has joined Saskatchewan’s premier in denouncing Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to appoint three failed federal candidates to the Senate.

Nova Scotia’s Darrell Dexter says the appointments Wednesday have inflicted “considerable damage” on Harper’s political agenda, which has long included a promise to create an elected Senate.

Dexter says there’s no justification for the appointments, aside from pure politics.

The NDP premier says the move flies in the face of Harper’s previous commitment to voters in the West, who have spent years pushing for a so-called Triple-E Senate — one that is equal, elected and effective.

On Wednesday, Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall said the appointments rob momentum for Senate reform, noting that his province passed legislation in 2009 to elect senators.

Harper is sending three Conservatives who lost in the May 2 election to the Senate — two of whom quit the upper house to run for a Commons seat: Fabian Manning, who failed to get elected in the Newfoundland riding of Avalon, and Larry Smith, who was unsuccessful in his bid for a seat in Montreal.

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland Montreal

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  • Mike McFae
    May 19, 2011 - 18:12

    Fabian, so this is how it ends ! Shame.

  • Doc
    May 19, 2011 - 17:21

    Those Liberal cry babies soon forget that the Liberals always stacked the Senate, now it is different for their lonely party. Harper with those appointments will be able to get legislation passed. You cry babies also forget that those who have been appointed by Harper has agreed to step down when the legislation come to the senate for approval of having an elected senate.

  • Keltin
    May 19, 2011 - 14:24

    Well we know Mr. Harper doesn't give a rats ass for democracy. So hang on to your hats because I am sure you ain't seen nothing yet!

  • Steve
    May 19, 2011 - 13:49

    I am seriously starting to wonder if you can actually - Damage - Stephen Harper as this article would suggest. I think may soon be deserving of a new title as - The Teflon Don - as referred to different mafia leaders over the years. It is only Harper that could mislead and lie to the public and actually get rewarded with a majority government to boot. I think the biggest story in all of this was his out and out contempt for the public at large by appointing Bev Oda back into another cabinet post. This woman was one of the main reasons that his previous government actually went down to defeat. Simply Amazing !!!