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Thursday, September 07, 2006 

NDP Says Abolish the Senate - Premier McGuinty Agrees

For decades, the New Democratic Party has been the only organized voice demanding the abolition of the Canadian Senate. But now a major personality from the Liberal Party is joining in that call. Bravo Premier Dalton McGuinty!

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i agree, get rid of the senate.

I disagree, get rid of the NDP.

Walks would like everyone to take a deep breathe on this one.

A second chamber that works on a different pace/frequency than the rest of the cournty's partisan politics has been good for Canadian. On the other hand, a partisan unaccountable appointed chamber with real power rightly offends most of us.

What we need is some original thought on this topic that is not just radical reaction that adds nothing to the current divisive nature of politics in Canada.

your highness - I am thrilled that the NDP scares your poor little Liberal soul sufficiently that you want them gone! So sorry - not gonna happen. Deal with it.

Walks follows up...

Simply electing a senate may serve only to reinforce partisan lines in the country - intensifying short-term divides of partisan politics. Likewise, abolishing the senate outright completely reinforces partisan lines.

Here are some *brainstorming* suggestions:

A.) 1/3 of the senate is replaced every 4 years.

B.) no one is sent to the senate unless they are over 45

C.) 1/2 of the new senators are elected directly from their province and the other half elected via parliment and sent via the PM.

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