Prime Minister Stephen Harper sure had the opposition in a tizzy this week with the announcement of more appointments to the Senate.
And considering his record of pushing for Senate reform, the notion that by 2015, 62 Senators will be Harper apointees leaves a lot of mouths agape. But the problem with Harper’s predicament is that until there is actual reform, we’re stuck with him appointing members to the Senate.
It’s a positive sign, regardless of the fact Alberta’s Ed Stelmach government unilaterally extended the terms of Senators-in-waiting by cancelling the last round of votes, that Harper did appoint Progressive Conservative Betty Unger, who was chosen in 2004.
Now, if only the other provinces would get on board. At the very least, we’d have have a Senate that represented the wishes of the people and not necessarily “party hacks,” as the opposition would say. And, maybe, if only a portion of provinces outside of Alberta started holding elections, others may be forced into talks about wholesale Senate reform.
If that were the case, it would be nice to see a levelling of the playing field in terms of the geographic makeup of the body.
We don’t have to be stuck with so-called “party hacks.” We can have a truly democratic body that isn’t made up of entitled cronies who serve for decades with little or no accountability.
And the fact that this discussion comes up every time Harper makes a patronage appointment shows that Canadians are truly interested in change.