Tory Senate A Problem For Trudeau

Remember- Trulander wanted to keep the Senate.

Justin Trudeau’s forthcoming legislative agenda could face roadblocks in the Senate, requiring his Liberal government to negotiate concessions with Conservative senators who hold the hammer of the majority in the upper chamber.

The Tories hold the most seats in the upper chamber and would be able to use that leverage to slow down legislation, force amendments or push their own private member’s bills up higher on the Senate’s agenda.

That was what the Liberals did when Stephen Harper was first elected in 2006. The Tories were the minority in the upper chamber and had to negotiate with the Liberal majority to get legislation like the Accountability Act passed into law.

  • Frances

    But there are all those empty seats: is he only going to appoint “independent” senators?

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      He’ll appoint only jihadis, knowing Justanairhead. :rolleyes

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    With twenty two vacant seats he could appoint a majority the day after he’s sworn in.
    Harper left him a land mine.

    • canminuteman

      That is exactly what is going to happen, and with a compialnt press it will be water of a ducks bsck to the liberals. All the “abolish the senate stuff and kicking senators out of the liberal party will be down the memory hole.

  • Brett_McS

    All new legislation should go through the Senate. However, it should just require a simple majority in the lower house to repeal legislation.

    • Tokenn

      Are the sitting Tory senators REAL Tories…or fake corrupt chairwarmers like Duffy and Wallin and the rest?

      The [elected, responsible to the electorate] Senate should be given the specific task of identifying and repealing bad legislation…with a 1/3 vote. Seriously, if legislation can’t be generally seen as useful or benign by a large majority, it probably shouldn’t exist. All new legislation should require a 2/3 majority to pass…same reason. All legislation should include an iron-clad sunset cause that requires a 2/3 ratification by at least one subsequent government,

      We are subject to too many laws that persist despite being useless,
      overly costly or positively counter-productive to their stated aim.
      Parliament needs to take out the trash. That includes Senators that serve no purpose.