Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Your Thoughts on Senate Reform?


Read an interesting story about ideas of Senate reform here.

Straw Poll: Should we elect Senators or abolish the Upper Chamber altogether? Cast your vote in the comments section....

12 comments:

Shawn said...

Elections by all means. Do away with the lifetime appointments. This "non-partican, sober, second look" spiel is tripe. Make these clowns accountable. Maybe then they will actually show up for work.

Chad Moats said...

Neither, there is a "Third Way", model it after the German upper house, Bundesrat. This would create provincial representation in Ottawa.

Adam Taylor said...

Chad: Can you elaborate? The German model sounds interesting... (Yet, i know nothing about it...)

I vote for Abolish, but I am not firmly in that camp - it just seems silly to have two houses elected and respresentative...

Which would be more powerful? Seems like endless headaches...

Shawn said...

The big problem I see with the German model is there is no accountability. These people are just appointed hacks (much like our current Senate) of the "province" rather than the fedds. I also note that Wikipedia also denotes most of these people don't even vote on the legislation presented, but use stand-in civil servants.

I stand by my earlier vote of elected. We should not need provincial representation in Ottawa, if the feds can ever get their fingers out of provincial matters (health, education, etc.). Get proper separation of the provincial and federal responsibilities and things will be much better.

David MacLean said...

I think there is a lot to be said for electing them, even though I can't think of a good situation where and active and accountable senate would have been handy.

Waxman said...

Dump it and turn the red chamber into a casino.

Anonymous said...

I'm an American - elect the Senate to guard against the extremism of populism from time to time.

sask.taxpayers federation said...

I believe we've wasted enough time debating the senate thing. We don't need more politicians in Ottawa. We are not the States. We should abolish the senate . That would cut down on beaurocracy and save us taxpayers a lot of money. That would be real reform.

John Murney said...

Leave the Senate as it is!

JM said...

Get rid of it....for a whole alot of reasons, but we can start with this:

About Family Relations in the Canadian Houses of Parliament

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Pierrot said...

I cant't believe at how useless and insignificant the Senate is and at how stupid the government leaders think we are and to make matters worst... we can't do anything about it.

ERic-Vancouver said...

We need to abolish the Senate, definitely.

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