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  • Scott Free
    September 10, 2012 - 08:31

    What's all the bafflegab about? Sure Proroguie Steve has infact implemented change in appointing deadwood to the Senate; they're now Tory bobbleheads, rewarded for their blind faith allegiance to the Con Party of Canada. They used to be Liberal retreads.

  • Ed Power
    September 10, 2012 - 07:41

    So, Carl, if we were to hold these expensive, unconstitutional and completely uneccessary elections, and we were to elect someone opposed to the PM and his political agenda, how likely is it that Mr. Harper would acknowledge the democratic choice and appoint the winner to the Senate? I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for a Liberal, NDP or other winner to get ushered into the Senate. Senate reform was a major policy issue while Harper sat on the Opposition benches but, when he assumed the power to reward the party faithful and failed Conservative candidates, he was only too happy to appoint them to the Senate - in Fabian Mannings case, twice. How's that for respecting the will of the people? We elected Manning once, and subsequently rejected him - quite deservedly - twice, and he still ends up in the Senate. Right. Harper wants to "give away his power to appoint Senators...."

    • Carl
      September 10, 2012 - 14:58

      Ed, I think it is pretty likely that Prime Minister Harper will accept the outcome of provincial Senate elections, which are not unconstitutional, and need not be expensive if conducted alongside provincial general elections, as is already done in other provinces. After all, I'm sure he knew when he introduced legislation calling on the provinces to hold Senate elections that non-Conservatives might win some of the seats. But my main point is that if we never take him up on his offer to respect provincial Senate elections, then we can't really criticize him for not reforming the Senate. If we take him up on it and he reneges, then we can criticize him. But at this point, the ball is clearly in the provinces' court.

  • Carl
    September 08, 2012 - 22:29

    It should be pointed out that the PM Harper has been trying to give away his power to appoint Senators ever since he became PM. The reason we Newfoundlanders cannot elect our Senators today is that our provincial government refuses to hold provincial Senatorial elections as the PM has requested all provinces to do.

  • W McLean
    September 08, 2012 - 14:59

    Umm... who is the "I"? Column and editorial get switched in layout?

  • james
    September 08, 2012 - 11:00

    once again we have a peek inside the old age home, OOPS ! i meant the senate. what a waste of taxpayers money to have these old guys/gals sitting there collecting a fat salary at our expence. if we the taxpayers have to pay these people then we should have a say who sits in this upper chamber. ELECTED SENATE !