this is the closest forum I can find to post this in. I want to know your guy's thoughts on Senate Reform?
I'm a pretty fanatical supporter of Senate Reform, and literally joined the Canadian Alliance for a week (violaton of NDP rules) till the federal secretary called me on the phone. We talked for 30 minutes, and he told me the NDP's official policy is the abolition of the un-elected senate. I think what I read into that is if some other force, AKA the conservative party, were to reform the senate, that we could agree with them possibly.
Here is my stance on reform.
We need a powerful senate. It should either keep its current powers, or have its power to veto VONC's removed.
How will we elect our senators?
There are a few ways to do it. The least democratic, yet, perhaps most representive, is to dole out senate seats, based on the proportion of seats each party has in the provincial legislature. This would ensure the provinces are represented!
One thing I prefer strongly, is having provincial parties, not federal parties, run. To have senate elections at the same time as provincial elections. I think that we should either use a form of Proportional Representaiton, or the preferential ballot (like the tories are using for their leadership, where you rank candidates, 1..2..3..)
I strongly perfer elected senators, but, IMHO, we need a way of keeping the provincial parties on top of things. The senate must be made to represent the provinces, and the best way to do that is with provincial political parties. I think you'd end up seeing PCers sitting togethor, but they'd also sit with "Liberals" from Quebec and BC. It could be interesting.
It would be nice of Quebec woke up tomarrow and said "EEE's a great idea", but the chances of that happening are about the same as the chance that I'll be elected Prime Minister
We need to come up with some comrpomises. Anyone unwilling to negotiate gets something horrible, if your willing to compromise, at least you'll get something you can stomach.
One of my suggestions is the 50-50 system. To take 50 seats, give them equally to each province (5 each), then take 50, and distribute them based on population. what you end up with is:
I think this could work.
Another idea, proposed by a BC semi-sepratist, and modified by me, takes into account population trends. Alberta and BC's population are heading straight for Quebec's population. in 50 years, these 3 provinces will have similar population numbers. Therefore, lets plan the senate accordingly.
24 seats for Ontario
24 seats for Quebec
24 seats for BC
and 24 seats for Alberta
while 24 is too many seats for alberta right now, when they hit 12.5% of the population, this is when they should go from 18 to 24 seats.
The remaining provinces and territories should get 48 seats total.
I think this is the only thing that will work... whaddya you guys think?
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