The time for a review of the senate is past due.
Where were they when the current government decided it was time to lay off many of our climate scientists? Where were they when they decided to privatize and deregulate our railways? What about the Cohen commission — millions of taxpayers’ dollars spent and no concrete actions?
The problem as I see it is the appointments.
Instead of politically like-minded individuals, the people appointed should be people of character and a history of public service; people who will study proposed laws and not rubber stamp whatever shows up.
Why should taxpayers be funding Senator’s going to fundraisers?
These people are appointed, not elected, so there should be no reason for them to be drumming up funds for whichever party appointed them.
Also, where else can one get a job for life? Once you’re in it is totally up to you, even if you become demented, you can still get your paycheque!
Prime Minister Stephen Harper must be held to account for the people who he has appointed, three of whom now find themselves “independent.”
As usual when the heat is on, Harper decides it is time for an extended holiday — or as he likes to call it, “time to prorogue Parliament.”
At one time I was part of a party that included Harper, at that time a Triple-E senate was one of the principles we all held dear (Equal, Effective, Elected).
Unfortunately, once politicians get into power, principles seem to evaporate.
Who next in the senate — a weather forecaster, or someone who was good at a sport many years ago? How about a good card player?
We definitely need a template from which potential candidates would be selected.
Either that, or it’s time to quit wasting our taxes on these positions.