Friday, December 10, 2010

Now this kind of a New Canadian Senate I could support!

The coalition government in Britain is proceeding with legislation to dramatically change the House of Lords. Out go some 800 doddering nobles; in come 300 Lords.

But the real change is that the 300 new lords will be elected by a system of proportional representation:
Crucially, elections to a new senate would take place using proportional representation, the electoral system long favoured by the Lib Dems.

Ministers accept the public is sick of seeing the House of Lords packed with political cronies and believe reform will help restore faith in politics...
Peers would then serve a long fixed term, possibly for two or three Parliaments.
Polls would be based on pure proportional representation, where votes cast precisely reflect the seats allocated...
 ‘If the public ends up sticking with first past the post and rejecting the alternative vote for the Commons next year, actually the arguments for an upper House elected using proportional representation grow stronger,’ said one Government source. ‘PR in a new upper House will mean no one party commands a majority, like now, which would make it a balanced, long-term constitutional option.
‘In those circumstances, where an elected chamber is not controlled by any one party, it keeps its scrutiny role and is very different to the Commons.’
Imagine if the Liberal Party decided to go for this kind of a revised Senate in Canada!

What a boost it would be for reducing the geographic tensions and centrifugal forces which so polarize debate and politics in this massive land mass we call Canada.

How about it, Michael?


  1. I kind of like the idea of a randomly selected Senate, like juries, where the Senate is a non-political chamber of second thought that would not initiate legislation but provide a non-political second look at what the elected chamber proposes.

  2. I would like to see PR in both the Senate and the House of Commons. Wouldn't that be something for the Liberals to run on?


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