Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
Gary Levy is a fellow with the Bell Chair for the Study of Canadian Democracy at Carleton University.
Our Westminster model with its mixed Constitution combining elements of democracy, appointment, and a hereditary monarchy is theoretically much better suited to withstand the onslaught of democratic absolutism.
Eventually our Senators, who are not stupid people, will realize that their role in our system is to be an independent revising Chamber and to perform other functions than those presently performed by the elected Chamber.
The average backbencher is going to have to become much more knowledgeable about the philosophy underlying our institutions and courageous in the face of executive power if we are ever going to improve our Parliamentary institutions along the lines proposed by Michael Chong.
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