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(Grand Moose Tarkin)   It's time to abolish the Canadian Senate. The governors-general will have direct control of their provinces. Fear will keep the provinces in line, fear of the NDP   ( rolluptheredcarpet.ca) divider line
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1197 clicks; posted to Politics » on 19 Jun 2013 at 11:23 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-06-19 12:31:07 PM  
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The senate is a useless vestigial organ of state.
2013-06-19 04:38:12 PM  
1 vote:

TsarTom: I guess what I'm trying to say is - and I'm a bit embarrassed to admit this- I apparently have no idea how the government functions.
I mean, I know you have a PM, and a legislature, but... 59 "appointed" senators?
As opposed to?

What goes on up there?

The problem: The Canadian Senate is 105 appointed citizens who provide a "sober second thought" to bills. They almost never reject bills and have basically no power over the PM or the House of Commons. Therefore, they are often regarded as nothing more than well-connected political lifers who, in what little time they spend working, give the rubber stamp to everything that they see. Oh, and they are paid obscene sums of money for this.

The best solution- to abolish the Senate altogether- is also the least likely to be implemented.

The worst solution- to elect Senators- is also the most likely to be implemented.
2013-06-19 01:27:22 PM  
1 vote:

Egoy3k: The senate is a useless vestigial organ of state.

From what I understand, it combines the accountability of the House of Lords with the maturity and statesmanship of the US Senate.
2013-06-19 12:35:07 PM  
1 vote:
Fark was trying to silence me! Down with the crown! REVOLUTION!!! Who's with me?

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