The federal Conservative party has asked the Supreme Court of Canada for guidance as to what it can do to reform the Canadian Senate or abolish it all together.
The provinces have made submissions to the Supreme Court on this matter. Our provincial government has made a submission. Sad to say, but not surprising, the provincial government is looking out for its own best interests and not the people’s best interests.
To abolish the Senate, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador states, the unanimous approval of all the provinces would be required — the federal government can’t do it on its own. But the reasons it gives to support this view are simply without merit. Of course the federal government should be able to do it on its own.
The Senate originated as an undemocratic institution forced on us by a paternalistic British government which thought it knew better than the colonials of the time. Just as a matter of principle, to have an appointed institution making laws for Canadians is an affront that must be done away with.
Of course politicians, like those in our current provincial government, favour the Senate because of the money to be made if appointed or to be used as a reward for party faithful. The ordinary citizen need not think they will ever be appointed — no, the politicians just make sure the common citizens pay for all the perks, salaries and pensions of the senators. For ordinary citizens, we get all the expenses, legal or otherwise, of the undemocratic Senate, but no benefits, not one.
I must point out that the federal NDP is in favour of the abolition of the Senate, just like all fair-minded adults. And, to be perfectly honest, it should be pointed out there are no NDP politicians in the Senate.