The province of Saskatchewan has just announced that henceforth it will elect senators. That would mean the prime minister would appoint those members to the senate who have been elected in Saskatchewan. This is the system – an elected senate – that Mr. Harper himself has been promoting for years.
The way the system works now is that the Prime Minister directly appoints all members of the senate. Or he doesn’t appoint them. There are now 14 vacancies in the senate and Mr. Harper seems in no hurry to fill any of them. Many senate appointments in the past have been made to reward services to the party in power. There is not another jurisdiction in the western world that I know of where the prime minister gets to appoint the members of the second sober house. Surely we can come up with a better, more democratic system than that.
Do your favour the continued appointment of senators by the prime minister?
Or would you favour the election of senators?
Or, like the province of Ontario would you like to see the senate abolished altogether?