Sunday, November 04, 2007

A referendum on abolishing the Senate?

Jack's idea is certainly worth considering! (H/T National Newswatch)

17 comments:

Roy Eappen said...

Actually Senator Hugh Segal proposed this a few weeks ago, as a way to save the Senate.
My prefernece is to reform the Senate.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Actually, I prefer reform too. What I don't prefer is the status quo.

Anonymous said...

My preference is also to reform , but if all else fails , abolishing the senate might be a back up plan if the Senate rejects reform.

Timothy Coderre

Anonymous said...

A triple "E" Senate all the way!!
Review
If Senate proves ineffective and out of touch perhaps they could face the same fate as the dodo bird?

Sandy said...

Joanne -- Sorry I'm off topic. But see this:

http://crux-of-the-matter.com/?p=436

Möbius said...

I say we burn them!

Because they're witches!!

Brian in Calgary said...

Add my voice to those saying that if we can't reform it (and I too would prefer that option), then maybe we should just abolish the Senate. As to whether it'd be hard to get unanimous consent of the provinces, that would surely depend on how close (or one-sided) the referendum result was.

Anonymous said...

I used to think that reform would be best. You know sober second thought and all that but after seeing how well the US congress and Senate are working lately I think we should just abolish it and save the money.

gimbol said...

This is beautiful.

Jack gets out the gate with a position (abolish) and backs it up with wanting to have a referendum on it, Harper's position is already well known (reform) and has said he's willing to take the issue to the electorate.

Where does this leave the liberals? Sitting on their hands not wanting to do anything.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Gimbol - Exactly. The beauty of it is of course that the Liberals have the overwhelming majority in the Senate so they won't want to alienate any of their confrères.

So, this could be most amusing.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Wow! National Newswatch's 'election fever meter' just dropped to 1%!!!

It was up to about 80% just a day or two ago. I wonder what changed.

paulsstuff said...

Actually Joanne, I believe that poll was done in the Liberal caucus room minutes after Dion's GST message to the media. Wanna guess who the 1% is?

Brian in Calgary said...

Wanna guess who the 1% is?

If I may hazard a guess, could it possibly be Iggy?

Joanne (True Blue) said...

lol! You guys are a riot!

liberal supporter said...

Maybe it was "margin of error" and actually it is -2% who want an election 19 times out of 20.

paulsstuff said...

I was going to say Garth Turner.My first guess was Dion, but all things considered I just figured he abstained from the poll:)

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Oh, good one, Paul! You should apply to do some writing for Air Farce Live.

They need some balance. In fact, they need something funny. That is one pathetic show.