Do we reform the senate or abolish it altogether is an important question facing Canadians. Is either option even possible? Do Canadians even have the courage to address these questions?
Upfront I freely admit that I fully support abolition as the only viable option before us.
Lets look at the various party positions; The NDP has long held the position that abolition is the route, although have never articulated how we get there. Mulcair's rhetoric on the matter saying he'll violate the constitution by letting it "die on the vine" muddies the waters significantly.
The Liberal position is to appoint better people (something every PM in history save for obviouis reasons Sir JAM has promised) Yet here we are. They also wish us to believe that they can take the partisan out of the partisan.
The Greens promise an elected senate of sorts based on MMPR or STV. but I see an elected senate depending on the make up of each house as either rubber stamp or obstructionist, certainly not effective
The Conservative position? I'm reticent to broach that as it could change yet again as I type this except to say they've been in power nearly a decade and have made no effort to see through any of their many positions on the subject.
As I stated at the top I support abolition but realise to meet that goal we must first implement effective electoral and most importantly parliamentary reforms.
We must first strip power from the leaders offices and empower MPs to freely represent their constituents without fear of reprisal only then can we consider getting rid of the senate.
No matter how you slice it any meaningful reforms will entail a re-opening of the constitution Do we have the courage to so?
In the meantime both Mulcair and Harper need to respect the constitution and properly populate the senate, as distasteful as that is.