Canadians Want Senate Reform

A new poll from Angus Reid suggests an overwhelming number of Canadians want the Senate to change.

According the the poll, conducted between March 11 and 12, 45 per cent of respondents said the Senate should be reformed and 41 per cent said the Upper Chamber should be outright abolished. Only 14 per cent said the Senate should stay as it is.

Respondents also don’t trust any of the political parties in the House of Commons to fix the Senate.

Only 17 per cent said they trusted Prime Minister Stephen Harper to effectively deal with Senate issues, 16 per cent said the same for NDP leader Tom Mulcair and 15 per cent responded this way for Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.

More than one third, or 34 per cent of respondents, said they trust “none of the above” to effectively deal with the Upper Chamber. Another 17 per cent weren’t sure.

  • Ron MacDonald

    We should have an elected senate similar to the Americans with each province and territory represented by two senators. Like the U.S. senators should be elected to represent the interests of their province or territory only, and MP’s the interest of their constituents only.

    • DD_Austin

      Since when do any elected or unelected representatives serve the ” interest of their constituents”?

      Abolish the senate , abolish parliament, abolish the provinces as well for all the good they serve

    • jayme

      I think judges should be elected as well.

      • Ron MacDonald

        Great way to get rid of idiot judges.

      • Definitely.

  • canminuteman

    I want senate reform too, but what percentage of people asked actually understand how the senate works now?

    • DD_Austin

      Which one doesn’t belong with the others?

      Senate and senile, senate and spend, senate and supporters, senate and

      Time to rip up that “constitution” as well, it’s just a road block diverting
      from reform road back into pork barrel alley.

      • Minicapt

        When do you begin your quest to become an “informed voter”?


    • winniec

      The constitution of Canada cannot be changed. Period.

  • cmh

    I don’t give a damn what the fake poll numbers are saying today….i voted for him because he promised to dissolve the senate. period

  • Minicapt

    I wonder which party Mr Reid is associated with.


  • Alain

    A poll like this is idiotic and useless, since no federal party has the power to carry out what is being asked. It would be the same with the Liberals or NDP in power. I doubt that people responding to the poll had any idea of what is required to reform or abolish the Senate. So attempting to place the blame on the PM and his party is dishonest and misleading.