Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017
Helen Forsey is a writer based in Ontario and Newfoundland. Her latest book is A People's Senate for Canada: Not a Pipe Dream.
Today’s Senate problem can be broken down into three major overlapping components: the quality (or otherwise) of appointees to the Chamber, its takeover by rampant partisanship, and the basic modality of how it operates.
The Senate could abolish the property qualification, refine the rules on attendance and retirement, and every second Senator could be appointed from a list submitted by their provincial government.
The problem is not the Senate’s existence as an unelected body, its fictional redundancy or its real or imagined powers; it is the way its proper functioning has lately been undermined.
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