Canada Needs An Elected Senate That Fairly Represents The West

Enough of allowing PM’s to stack the Senate with their cronies. Our country needs more voting and more democracy.

As the Conservative leadership heats up, it’s essential that any contenders start pushing for a fully elected Senate.

And that Senate must also fairly represent the West.

Currently, the Senate distribution of seats is wildly disproportionate to population.

For example, Prince Edward Island has 4 seats for a population of about 150,000. Meanwhile, Alberta gets just 6 seats, despite a population of over 4.3 million people.

Quebec gets 24 seats, four times Alberta’s total, despite a population that is less than twice as big as Alberta.

That’s why the Senate needs a regional re-balancing.

And it must be elected.

Canada is supposed to be a free and democratic country, and it’s long past time to strip Prime Minister’s of the ability to stack the Senate with their cronies.

Both the Conservatives and Liberals stack the Senate with party supporters, fundraisers, and loyalists, meaning the Canadian People have been deprived of the ability to influence an incredibly powerful part of our government.

Having an elected Senate, where a portion is elected in between elections for the House of Commons, would give the Canadian People a check on the power of a government. For example, if a party gets a majority, but then breaks all their promises, Canadians could vote against them in Senate elections, reducing the power of the majority government and enforcing some democratic punishment for the broken promises.

This is something top Conservative leadership contenders must support, and that Canadians should be demanding. Canada needs more freedom, more democracy, and more voting.

Spencer Fernando

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Halgaunt
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Halgaunt

ABSOLUTELY. ALL Senators should be elected and with a 2 year term. Just as in the US. Canada’s Government is one of the most corrupt and self serving on the planet. Every bit as bad as any Banana Republic in existence.

NancyW
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NancyW

Love it Spencer! This is something Canadians are in great need of.
Come on Conservatives seriously take this on.

John Corby
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John Corby

I disagree most wholeheartedly. The Senate should be abolished. It is a relic inherited from Britain. The British House of Lords originally comprised the wealthy landowners – those who actually owned the country. The Commons is the house for (as its name suggests) “the common people”. The Senate has been suggested as a place for “sober second thought”. What poppycock! Canada is massively overgoverned; eradication of the Senate is long overdue and would be a good start to removing the excess burden of government on the Canadian people.

Ann
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Ann

I agree with the abolishment of the Senate. These are just pigs at the trough, taking millions of taxpayers’ dollars without ever having been elected by the very taxpayers who are being forced to pay them millions of dollars!

Brian Dougan
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Ah yes….The privileged life of a “senator”–lots of perks–including a hefty salary, generous tax breaks, and very few days at work. Oink oink!

Lorne Newell
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Lorne Newell

I agree that the senate needs to be balanced. I also think that it should not be rep by pop. IMO each prov/terr should have an equal number of senators thereby no one region has anymore control than another. The term should also be fixed at 4 or 8 years and the election dates staged so that in the event that some thing is going awry we have a chance to change the trust.

Major Tom
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The electoral and appointment system was set up in Canada decades ago….to ensure that the Communists, Socialists and collectivists would always have control! Elections in Canada are a sham….a paper exercise duping Canadian voters into thinking they have a voice in the administration of this nation! They do not!

Don Taylor
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Don Taylor

I would vote that the west join the the United States

Godot
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Godot

Triple E Senate: Elected/Equal/Effective. We’ve had this conversation before … Upper and Lower Canada will continue to rule Canada.
#WEXITNOW

Allis
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Allis

I think we are now in a time when we should question whether or not a Senate has value whether elected or not.

NancyW
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NancyW

Something honest needs to be put in place to control our out of control commons.

Gary major
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Gary major

Yes please an elected Senate with the number of seats according to population

Michael
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Michael

If the Senate was elected, it could lead to a dysfunctional political system as in the United States. Better to abolish it altogether (with the added bonus of saving the taxpayer >100M annually).