Re: Canadian Senate ReformDec 14th, 2009
...and it's that kind of extreme attitude that builds incredible splits in this country. Spending all one's time finding fault with "the other side" is a strength, carried to an extreme, which becomes a weakness.Quote has been trimmed, See full post:
It seems that the typical Canadian's vision becomes so clouded with partisan thinking that important issues (for the common good) get swept away by many who have trouble being objective and controlling their emotions. They make it worse by attaching silly and insulting labels to their "opponents", which is how a misbehaving child might act.
An ability to see the other side's point of view is becoming a rarity these days, and it's a negative thing for the country, in my view.
The old and supposedly outdated expression "Many hands make light work" still has meaning to me. So does "teamwork." After all, we are all on the same team - Canada.
Lastly, and on topic, I think an elected Senate would be a great thing for Canada...my Grade 9 class (back in the dinosaur days!) got together and wrote a paper (class project) on it. Wish I still had a copy. Our teacher was a great guy for bringing out the best thinking, and he encouraged us to "stay on track" and think objectively about how it could be set up to benefit the entire country. Nice piece of work, it was.
I did mention this a while ago, Harper could reform the Senate single-handedly, if he wants to (he just doesn’t want to). What Harper could do is to tell the Premiers of the provinces to have the provincial assemblies elect the senators, that he will appoint Senators only if they are elected by the provincial assemblies.
At a stroke of a pen, we will have an elected Senate. Sure, a future PM could reverse it, but then he will be picking a fight will all the Premiers, nobody likes to give up the power once they have achieved it. So a future PM will find it extremely difficult to snatch the power away from the Premiers, I don’t think he will even try. We will in effect have achieved elected Senate.
While this is not fully elected Senate, it comes close, and it can be done at the stroke of a pen by Harper.
But face it, Senate reform was a piecrust promise, easily broken, he never had any intention of reforming the Senate. This was on par with his promise to repeal gay marriage. He made the most half hearted attempt to repeal gay marriage and then gave up. Or similar to Chrétien’s promise to repeal the GST and renegotiate NAFTA, something to keep the rubes satisfied.
Gay marriage and Senate reform were the red meat issues thrown to his supporters, to energize them, nothing more. You have been had, my friend (I think you did mention that you are a Conservative) and you don’t even know it.