Liberals announce new 'merit-based' Senate selection process


mentalfloss
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Liberals announce new 'merit-based' Senate selection process

The federal government is creating an independent advisory body to recommend nominees for appointment to the Senate, promising to choose candidates based on their merit, not their political leanings.

Democratic Reform Minister Maryam Monsef said Thursday, that the changes are part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment "to end partisanship in the Senate and reinvigorate an institution that plays a vital role in our parliamentary democracy."

The new advisory board will consist of five members: one federal chair, two permanent members, and two ad hoc members chosen from the provinces or territories where the Senate has vacancies.

Candidates will be chosen based on their merit, including a "demonstrated record of service to their community, the public, or their chosen field of expertise," Monsef said.

Candidates will also need to have proven personal qualities, including ethics and integrity. And they will need to be willing bring a non-partisan perspective to the Senate.

"The transparent criteria will be applied in a way that respects the importance of gender balance, and reflects Canada's diversity," she added.

"I'm confident that this merit-based process will result in candidates of the highest quality being recommended to serve Canadians in the Senate.

There are currently 22 vacancies in the chamber. Monsef said the aim is to choose the advisory board’s permanent members quickly so that the board can provide the prime minister with a shortlist of five candidates for several of the current vacancies "early in the new year."

Those first five nominees will be to fill vacancies in provinces that are most under-represented at the moment – two in Ontario, two in Manitoba and one in Quebec.

The other 17 spots will be filled by the end of 2016.

As Trudeau moved forward with his plans for Senate reform on Thursday, he also appointed current Senator George Furey Speaker of the Senate, replacing Conservative Leo Housakos.

Liberals announce advisory board to quickly choose new independent senators | CTV News
 
DaSleeper
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Another Troudeau fluffer thread!
 
Glacier
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Funny how leftists were upset with the meritocracy over picking cabinet ministers, but somehow like it for Senators.

P.S. I'm actually liking this new approach picking Senators.
 
Cannuck
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The question I have is how much does genitalia, skin colour, heritage or religion add or subtract from a persons merit. I'd love to here Justin's thoughts on the matter.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeper View Post

Another Troudeau fluffer thread!

You mean like the one I posted about nanny gate?

Please.

Get over yourself.


And the senate should be abolished.
 
AnnaG
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Liberals announce new 'merit-based' Senate selection process

The federal government is creating an independent advisory body to recommend nominees for appointment to the Senate, promising to choose candidates based on their merit, not their political leanings.

Liberals announce advisory board to quickly choose new independent senators | CTV News

It is a better idea than appointing rubber-stampers. But, we will have to wait and see if it happens and if it produces anything worthwhile.

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And the senate should be abolished.

And replaced with what? Or do you simply want everything decided by politicians in temporary positions without any kind of check and balance?
 
mentalfloss
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I'm not an advocate for cutting government but the senate is the one exception.

They literally do not accomplish anything that the house can't already do and can in fact stall the process of passing the legislation that is submitted from the house.
 
tay
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Liberals announce new 'merit-based' Senate selection process

The federal government is creating an independent advisory body to recommend nominees for appointment to the Senate, promising to choose candidates based on their merit, not their political leanings.

Democratic Reform Minister Maryam Monsef said Thursday, that the changes are part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment "to end partisanship in the Senate and reinvigorate an institution that plays a vital role in our parliamentary democracy."

The new advisory board will consist of five members: one federal chair, two permanent members, and two ad hoc members chosen from the provinces or territories where the Senate has vacancies.

Candidates will be chosen based on their merit, including a "demonstrated record of service to their community, the public, or their chosen field of expertise," Monsef said.

Candidates will also need to have proven personal qualities, including ethics and integrity. And they will need to be willing bring a non-partisan perspective to the Senate.

"The transparent criteria will be applied in a way that respects the importance of gender balance, and reflects Canada's diversity," she added.

Trudeau says unelected senators have no business rewriting federal budget







Justin Trudeau reminded senators Friday that they're unelected and have no business rewriting a federal budget passed by the elected House of Commons.

The prime minister said he respects the role senators play in providing sober second thought to legislation.

Indeed, having instigated a new appointment process aimed at making the Senate more independent and less partisan, Trudeau said he actually encourages senators to scrutinize legislation and recommend improvements.

But he drew a line at the government's budget implementation bill, as senators debate whether to hive off the portion of it that deals with creation of a new infrastructure bank.

"It's important to understand that the House of Commons has the authority when it comes to budgetary matters," Trudeau said during a news conference with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.

"I very much respect and encourage ... the important role the Senate has in deliberating on pieces of legislation that pass through the House, on making recommendations and improvements in many cases ... I think it's an enhancement to our democratic institutions and to the governance of our country," he stressed.

Some have blamed the potential for an impasse over the budget bill on Trudeau's insistence on appointing independent, non-partisan senators.

"Justin Trudeau's Senate reforms have given senators a green light to do exactly this," said NDP democratic reform critic Nathan Cullen. "His chickens are coming home to roost."

Justin Trudeau says unelected senators have no business rewriting federal budget - Politics - CBC News
 
Danbones
Free Thinker
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lol "sober" and "thought"
So Trudie never been there much eh?

We have a central bank that could do infrastructure already
COMER — Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform

To be fair, states who ACTUALLY do legalize weed, and have their own central type banks like North Dakota, do quite well.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_of_North_Dakota
If actually done right, and if actually done at all.
 
Curious Cdn
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"Merit based" ...

"How much is in YOUR wallet?"