Saturday, August 29, 2009

Harper's Senate reform proposal

If I were Ontario's Premier Dalton McGuinty, I would take advantage of Prime Minister Harper's Senate reform proposal.

I would let Harper know that Ontario would be willing to hold elections for the up to 24 members of the Senate who represent Ontario.

It would be expensive to hold elections once every four months for Ontarians to elect a senator. Instead I would have one big election once every eight years. Since the Senators could sit for eight years (ignoring the constitutional rules), Ontario could have one big election where senators would be elected by the At-Large voting system where voters get to choose as many candidates as there are positions. The Senate elections can be held at the same time as every second provincial election. By using the At-Large voting system, voters could elect a slate of either Liberal or Conservative candidates. Eventually, if there are 24 Senate seats available from Ontario, it is possible that 22 out of the 24 could be Liberals or Conservatives. Maybe someday, there will be a slate of new New Democrats or greener Greens elected.

I love the At-Large voting system. I could select Liberal candidates except for the non-white ones, gay ones, and utterly strange ones. Knowing that the nNDP and gGreens will never elected any capital "L" loser candidates, I could for a few remaining white Conservatives--preferably men so long as they are not gay or francophone.

In the end, Ontarians could eventually have a slate of 22 to 24 Liberal senators to represent us in the Senate. Quebeckers could have a slate of 22 to 24 Parti Québécois senators. Albertans would still be stuck with six.

Who needs real Senate reform or abolition when we have Harper's great Senate proposal?

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