Friday, February 10, 2006

The Senate

The Senate, very much Liberal-controlled, should now make itself a thorn in Harper's side. The legitimacy of the Senate to do such a thing could conceivably have been questioned before - after all, it is unelected. But what Stephen Harper has done by appointing a Senator and appointing that Senator to cabinet has said that the Senate is a legitimate part of the Canadian political process. So he will have no right whatsoever to complain if the Senate ends up, say, rejecting his budget. After all, why is an unelected Senate any more an affront to democracy as an unelected Public Works minister?

1 Comments:

At 2/10/2006 6:04 PM, Blogger Miles Lunn said...

I don't totally disagree here. At the very least insist he go back to the public for an election on any controversial issue before passing it. Thats what they did with Mulroney in 1988 on the free trade issue.

 

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