"Harper would back plan for referendum on abolishing Senate." Sure he'll take Jack up on his offer. He's not an idiot, after all. He'll absolutely take up Jack on his offer to get the Senate front and center on the nation's agenda. He wants an Americanized elected-equal Senate, as he does with most things. So if these two clowns have their way, we'll be spending eons of time in the next few years debating Senate reform, when the country is not crying out for it and has plenty of other priorities.
Constitutional change, have we not learned, is best achieved when it is not foisted on an unsuspecting population but rather when there is an already existing overwhelming consensus on a given issue. Otherwise, we don't like it much, it's freakin' boring. And we rebel when we're forced to play in the constitutional sandbox which soon sees many competing issues being thrown into the give and take mix. Not fun.
And I don't know about you, but I can actually think of a few things the Senate has done of late that are of value: investigating airport security and presenting shocking findings not uncovered by other investigative/federal bodies; producing the report on Afghanistan, "Taking a Hard Look at the Mission," described as follows: "...blunt and stands in stark contrast to the more rosy assessments touted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cabinet ministers." The Senate also slowed down Harper's rush to pass certain provisions in Conservative crime legislation with a distinctly unconstitutional bent in the last session.
I think such examples of the Senate's work, off the top of my head, and I'm sure I can come up with more, are worthy of our support. And I'm sure that's the tougher case to make in the face of retail politicians with "let's abolish it" rhetoric. But it'll surface and the motivations of Harper and Layton will get their day in the sunlight. And the Canadian population will, I'm sure, heartily thank them for it...:)