Is it time to talk about Senate reform again?
"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has argued that his approach is the only practical way to achieve concrete change in the Senate without getting bogged down in divisive constitutional wrangling with the provinces. His objective is to eliminate the partisanship that he believes has eroded the Senate’s ability to fulfil its intended role as an independent chamber of sober second thought.
The Supreme Court has ruled that more dramatic reforms — such as altering the Senate’s regional representation, imposing term limits, or requiring the election of senators — would require a constitutional amendment approved by at least seven provinces with 50 per cent of the population. Abolition of the chamber would require unanimous consent."
I have a question: How would 'merit' and 'nonpartisan' be defined and implemented?
Are there really any 'nonpartisan' Canadians of sufficient 'merit' to hold those responsibilities? Swing voters? Nonvoters? All typically do have some partisan opinions too. Who are these nonpartisans Trudeau is referring to?
I will disclose that I believe electoral reform of the House of Commons should precede Senate reform, and that I do believe in the value of a chamber of 'sober second thought'.
However, I'm aware of the pitfalls of both.