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Canadian people’s Senate: a work in progress

By Helen Forsey      

There will be those who will continue to criticize reforms and try to keep things as they were, but Senators should not let such carping discourage them. We can continue to make it our Senate, and make full use of its increasing capacity to enhance our democracy.

There remains one glaring contradiction in the appointments process. While a person no longer has to be well-connected in elite political or business circles to be considered for a Senate position, the antiquated 'wealth requirement' has yet to be removed, writes Helen Forsey. The Hill Times file photograph
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OMPAH, ONT.—How things change in four years! Back in the spring of 2014, news and commentary about Parliament's Upper House was gleefully focused on all the negatives—the expenses scandals, the accusations of uselessness, and the calls for abolition. In contrast, today's Senate stories generally cover such unsensational topics as the range of backgrounds of new appointees, internal efforts to rebalance committee membership and leadership positions, senatorial objections to heavy lobbying, committee visits to federal penitentiaries, and Senators' initiatives

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