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Et Tu, Brute?

Interesting to see that we are not the only ones having trouble with our Senate. From the National Post in Canada:

“Brad Wall’s government is set to introduce a constitutional amendment into the Saskatchewan legislature this October calling for the abolition of the Canadian Senate.

The Saskatchewan government is anticipating that the Supreme Court of Canada will rule later this year that any constitutional amendments will require the support of at least seven provinces, containing 50% of the population.

The move to abolish the Senate gained impetus for the Saskatchewan government after a recent referendum of members of the governing Saskatchewan Party revealed 86% support abolition. Just six months ago, prior to the recent Senate expenses scandal, the party had resisted Mr. Wall’s call to change its position in favour of abolition. “The base is really, really mad,” said the official. A recent Nanos Research poll suggested 49% of Canadians want the Senate to be reformed, 41% believe it should be abolished and only 6% are in favour of the status quo.

If the Supreme Court does rule that changes to the Senate would require the “7/50” amending formula, six other provinces would have to pass similar motions to the one being introduced by the Saskatchewan government.

An abolition amendment would also have to be passed by the House of Commons and the Senate itself. The Harper government has asked the court to give guidance on whether Parliament can on its own impose elections, term limits or even abolition.”

Of course a factor in all this would be the attitude of the nationalist PQ government in Québec. Though one doubts that Québécois premier Pauline Marois would turn down the opportunity to cause constitutional uncertainty in the Canadian federation.

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