Harper to abolish the Senate? “Good luck with that”

According to reports Prime Minister Stephen Harper is ready to throw in the towel on Senate reform and call for the Red Chamber to be abolished.

  • jayme

    Some have said he know he can’t but by saying this he can come back and say look I tried.

    • It’s all up in the air.

    • Alain

      Actually he did try to move towards an elected Senate, but only Alberta cooperated by electing senators. All the other provinces did squat, but as usual continued to complain that the federal government did nothing. I find this latest idea quiet brilliant to be honest. The idea being to hold a public referendum to find out what the majority of Canadians want, which will put the deadbeat premiers in a pickle should they continue to stonewall. Furthermore this takes the wind out of the NDP along with the Liberals during the election campaign. So as I say I see it as a brilliant strategy.

      • G

        Harper can announce whatever he wants but he judiciary will veto it if it’s something that runs contrary to their left wing agenda.

  • Shebel

    Could not Harper put in about 20 Senators if so desired ?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I didn’t realize there were that many vacant senate seats already.
      One problem with not filling vacancies is that the remaining senators accrue ever more power up until the point where there are none left.

      • Shebel

        Another problem -is that should Harper lose, than the Libs or NDP will seize the opportunity and prove that they are just a bunch of useless,opportunistic ‘carpetbaggers’ whose words mean less than nothing.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          If Harper thought he couldn’t fill those seats before they could then he would right now.

          • Shebel

            Nahh. He won’t do that any more. It is quite a gamble when you take into consideration the Ethics of the NDP and Libs.
            Maybe this is the First PM EVER to be Statesman enough to put Country above Partisanship and petty Politics.

  • RevnantDream

    Won’t happen to many patronage appointments to fill for political elite buddies

  • Scotch_Pine

    If Mr. Harper is really concerned about what Canadians want, let’s have a referendum first on the more serious issue of immigration. Yeah, good luck with that, too.

    • Shebel

      Politics is a very slow moving machine. You know a well as I do, that here can be no referendum on the Senate or Immigration Policy.
      Harper is just setting the moral equivelent of ‘Parameters’ – For the Libs and NDP.

      Let them say what they want.