- May 03, 2012 - 11:06
The only way senate reform will be of any use is to ensure that all provinces have equal representation. If it goes by population then it just becomes another Commons and more expensive than now given the cost of elections. Ten would be too many, two would be fine. Last thing we need is more politicians and all the staff and other burdens that goes with them. Furthermore plans are to increase the number of MP's. We don't need more. We need less. The US gets by with one seventh the amount per person as we do and they seem to function. We should reduce the number of MP's by a third at least.
- Doug Smith
- May 03, 2012 - 09:56
The Canadian Senate serves no useful purpose for the majority of Canadians. It is an example of leftover British snobbery. Get rid of it along with the Governor General, Lieutenant Governors and their expenses and save the ordinary tax payer some money. Doug Smith, GFW
- Scott Free
- May 03, 2012 - 09:03
Senate abolishment would be a good first step to reform!
- May 03, 2012 - 08:56
The Senate doesn't work period, reformed or not. It just costs money. Lots of money. Wake up.
- May 03, 2012 - 08:10
The statements made are wrong in so many areas it is impossible to comment without writing a book. I guess the USA would be a shining example.
- Don II
- May 03, 2012 - 08:08
The appointed elitist Senate was established to be a watchdog over the popularly elected House of Commons. The elites who control Canada wanted to be certain that the popularly elected rabble in the Commons could not totally control the passage of legislation in Canada without elite oversight and final approval. The House of Commons is called the "Commons" for a reason. The people are the "Commoners" and the Senate is the bastion protector of the interests of the elite. A real democracy elects all of its political representatives. Accordingly, the Senate should be completely elected. The senators should not be "appointed" by the Prime Minister. There should be no term limits. If an elected senator does an honest and excellent job of representing his/her constituents then that senator deserves to be elected for as long as the people wish him/her to serve in the Senate. An example is Senator Ted Kennedy who was elected, re-elected and served for 47 years in the US Senate and died in office. The Canadian senate should be reformed to provide for the election of 10 senators from each Province and territory who serve 4 year terms with the senators being eligible to be re-elected every 4 years without limit to the total number of years they can serve. Senators could be replaced when they die, voluntarily retire, are removed for crimes or misconduct, are too ill or disabled to serve or are defeated in a general election. That is how a real democracy works as compared to the elitist parochial Monarchist system which passes for democratic Government in Canada! There should be less of a British elite system and more of an American democratic system adopted in the Canadian political system, otherwise, no real reform will occur!