*Right vs Legal

Here is some info for my non-Canadian friends to understand the video below. In Canada we have an elected House of Commons and an appointed Senate. Senators are appointed for life. It used to be jokingly called a retirement package for Liberals who often formed the government and hence appointed senators. For years people have been arguing about whether we need a Senate at all, whether it should be elected or left as is.

The Conservative (aka Tory) party purported to support an elected Senate. Funny enough now that the Tories are in power and the prime minister gets to appoint senators, his feelings have changed. Stephen Harper, our PM, is a scary guy and his appointees apparently reflect his anti-democratic autocratic high handed manner. Bill C-311, referred to below, is the Climate Change Accountability Act.

I want my Canada back, you know, the democratic progressive rational one?


2 thoughts on “*Right vs Legal”

  1. My friend, Jeff Bursey, has just published a novel about Canadian government called Verbatim. He works for Hansard and I get the feeling it is an accurate portrayal of political life. He wrote it because it all made him feel so mad and he needed to vent – oh and Lilian, to encourage you (and me!), he’s been trying to publish it for the past 15 years and finally managed it this year. We have to tell ourselves it’s all about persistence….

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