To the Editor,
The Prime Minister ran on a campaign of hope and the promise of major reform. He can better fulfil that positive message by abolishing that gross insult to our democracy, the Senate.
Federal and provincial governments all claim they will reduce the size and cost of unnecessary government. They all admit that Canada is over-governed.
It is a disgrace that Canada maintains an appointed legislative body when most of the world finally agrees an assembly elected by the people is the proper way to govern. Our Senate is nothing more than a haven for political hacks chomping at the taxpayer-funded trough.
No real friend of democracy (federal or provincial) would stop a constitutional amendment abolishing the Senate. Get on with it and save over $80 million a year and Canada’s democratic dignity. In the interim, just fund it $1 per year. Let’s see if any Senator stays on the job as a volunteer.
There is no constitutional obligation to fund the Senate. It should be ignored, like the Privy Council and other anachronisms of the 1800s.