After the election, I speculated that the Harper regime would introduce either no Senate elections or rigged Senate elections. I’m sad to say I was right, and that it appears it will be the latter: the provinces will be allowed to hold elections as they please, and the Prime Minister will then have the option — not the obligation — to appoint people who win the provincial elections.
Unfortunately, this pathetic attempt to sidestep necessary Constitutional reform is going to simply move us one more step along what the late Jim Travers called our road toward an Arctic banana republic. I realize Constitutional reform is difficult to the point of impossible — the usual explanation for why it’s impossible. But the idea that we can move ahead with these elections anyways is fundamentally wrongheaded and will turn our democracy into a joke. Here are four questions that have to be answered before Senate reform should be allowed to proceed. The Harper regime has failed to provide an answer to even one of these questions.Tweet