Wednesday, November 07, 2007

A splash of cold water for the Senate abolition gang

Worthwhile reading this morning: "Talk of referendum on Senate abolition "mostly hot air": Experts." In addition to the quicksand of Canadian constitutional politics we'd be entering, there's the prospect that were we to abolish the Senate, we would join the leagues of Comoros, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela in becoming one of only a handful of federal countries in the world without a second chamber in our federal legislative structure. Germany, the U.S., Australia and the U.K., comparable large western democracies, all retain their own upper houses.

The haste of these federal "leaders," Harper and Layton, is strange when there really is no groundwork laid for this mission. This has backfire written all over it.