Press Review: The Senate

1 December 2013 · 9 Comments   

Here are a couple of articles and an interview regarding my recent declaration on the Senate.

Conservatives float referendum on Senate abolition,Metro, November 2, 2013.

Chantal Hébert, “Harper misses boat on Senate plebiscite, Chronicle-Herald, November 5, 2013.

Bernier calls for national referendum on Senate abolition,” CTV News, November 7, 2013.

Vincent Marissal, « Un référendum sur l’abolition du Sénat? », La Presse, 2 novembre 2013.

Stéphanie Marin, « Le congrès conservateur se clôt sans pouvoir étouffer la crise du Sénat », La Presse, 2 novembre 2013.

Emmanuelle Latraverse, Les coulisses du pouvoir, Radio-Canada, Entrevue avec Maxime Bernier, 3 novembre 2013.

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9 responses to “ Press Review: The Senate ”

  1. old white guy says :

    I suggested that PM Harper put forward an amendment to abolish the constitution and see just how many of the howlers really want to dump the retirement trough that the senate represents. without his even doing that the support for the un-elected body seems to continue. I guess every party thinks they should have the chance to reward supporters with cash for life at senate trough.

  2. ETIENNE HIVERT says :

    Autre solution: les sénateurs sont élus par les contribuables

  3. Don Morris says :

    We should not abolish the Senate,the only protection the Country has against a dictatorship.Triple-E is the only reasonable choice,with 3 Senators from each Province,1 Senator from each Territory,for a total of 33 elected Senators who would hopefully represent their constituents instead of their political Party.

    Maybe Parties in the Senate should be abolished,with each contender required to run as an independent.

    If the government wants to abolish anything,they should abolish the Marketing Boards that keep the cost of basic food items (dairy products,poultry) about double the price or more than Americans pay.

  4. Allen says :

    Je suis plutot favorable a l’abolition. Un gouvernement plus efficace et petit, les deputes de la chambre avec plus de pouvoir et autonomie et la creation de comite d’etudes par la chambre des communes pourrait tout regler. Mais j’aurais voulu connaitre votre raisonement Mr Berneir (Max!)pour votre decision. Merci

  5. Robert Wood says :

    Agree that we need to have a referendum on how to proceed with the Senate. Here is another article relating to Senate reform.

  6. William Robert Baerg says :

    A Triple E Senate would be a beneficial ideal that should be fairly attainable. There does need to be a non-partisan committee or chamber made up of real and true ‘statesman’ from across Canada. Reducing the number to 33 is by far the most workable and desirable result that would benefit Canada the most. This would bring us much closer to the ideal of having representatives that were putting their names forward to SERVE their constituents and their Country.
    We should step back in time and resurrect in part the practice of changing the top bureaucrats at each election as a true solution for a ballooning socialism that has become ingrained in Canadian thought. Nothing does our country more damage than our tenured bureaucracies. Before WW II even every Postmaster in every community was changed when the government changed. It would be the fastest way to reduce government spending and would naturally push the responsibilities back into the private sector. With reduced bureaucracies, reduced government follows requiring fewer and fewer legislators. Public positions, elected or hired, need to have an element of sacrifice and servitude re-instituted as the Hallmark of all civil government involvement.
    I agree with Don Morris above, and reiterate the need to dismantle our socialistic verging on communistic marketing boards and their devastating effects on the economy and the unfair and unethical practice of creating monopolies.
    Lastly, I must mention that I truly appreciate the privilege of having this opportunity to voice my opinion to a representative in parliament that has an ear to the ground, is open to his constituents AND OTHERS opinions and inputs and will obviously do what he can to serve. I am not able to do the same here in my constituency in British Columbia even though we have been sending our conservative minded representative since the days of Reform ! ! !

  7. monkey says :

    It wouldn’t on its own meet the constitutional threshold but any premier who ignored the will of the voters would pay a hefty political price. The one region where the public might vote to keep the senate as is, is Atlantic Canada. They have almost 30% of the senate seats despite 7% of the population so its a pretty sweet deal for them. Despite what some think Quebec is actually the only province whose representation in the senate matches what it should have based on population (All for Atlantic provinces, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba are overrepresented, while BC, Alberta, and Ontario are under). Still worth a try and to save money please hold it during a general election.

  8. JR says :

    Here I thought Maxime Bernier was a libertarian, smaller government kind of guy. But his support for abolishing the Senate, a move that would certainly decrease constraints on a party in power, contradicts that notion. Without a senate in its way government would certainly be more powerful and therefore inevitably bigger and more intrusive. Fans of big government (progressives) like the idea, which is why they often point to the American system, with its “gridlock and chaos”, as an argument for getting rid of our senate. They’re dead wrong, the American example, is an argument for keeping the Senate and reforming it, ideally as a Triple-E Senate.

    It may be reasonable to hold a referendum on the issue at some point, but now is not the time. As illustrated in the above linked CTV News article about Mr. Bernier’s call for a referendum much is made of the on-going Senate spending “scandal”. The media and opposition parties have made much of this but it hardly qualifies as an argument for abolition. Accounting reform, maybe, but certainly not abolition. A time when the idiot press is fomenting outrage among the electorate over this is hardly an appropriate time or reason to hold a referendum.

  9. old white guy says :

    memo to all those who think the senate represents some sort of constraint on our elected representatives, you are wrong. they only muddy the waters and slow some things down. when the libs control the senate lib bills move faster. when the cons control it their bills move faster. unelected trough lickers deciding how the country is governed is unacceptable. we have more than enough career politicians running around this country we fewer not more of them.

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