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  • Get outta here
    June 08, 2011 - 12:10

    Abolish it, it's a complete waste of money and redundant to the House of Commons.

    • Raif
      June 08, 2011 - 14:13

      It is about time some one told the Courts just who is the boss in this country. Look at all the problems the Courts have caused since the Constitution Repatriation and our stupid Bill of Rights that renders every governmental policy to small group of authority that does not reflect the will of the people. That is our problem here in Canada we have a bunch of lawyers that think they are smarter than 35 million other Canadians. Time these self serving ego gorged putzes were told who their boss is.

  • Politically Incorrect
    June 08, 2011 - 10:29

    The history of the Senate is one of protecting the propertied (wealthy) interests against the excesses of the rabble. Why should we assume that the senate should be based on provincial lines? Do the people of each province have identical interests by virtue of geography? This would mean that an employee at Tim Horton’s in Stephenville has a vested interest of the welfare of a St. John's corporate executive than an employee at a Toronto Starbucks who would necessarily identify with the Bay Street broker. If the Senate were to be truly representative of the Canadian public, the vast majority would have to represent the working class; ten percent representing the unemployed; half representing women; and a large number representing people with disabilities, youth, new Canadians, etc. and one or two representing the Bay Street Banker / St. John's executive. Democracy is too important to be left to the common masses.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    June 08, 2011 - 07:40

    Peter, "status quo" means we have about 6% of the voting clout in the Senate. And if Senators become elected, that 6% is will have even more clout/become more important and a much greater benefit for the province. We only have 2.2% of the voting strength in the House of Commons, and with the increase in the number of seats coming for Ontario, Alberta and BC, our clout will drop to 2%. More importantly, for the long term, Canada's mainland population will (almost forever) continue to grow ---- which means our provincial clout in the House will continue to diminish. Therefore, Newfoundland and Labrador's only hope is not to abolish the Senate, but to entrench it.