I encourage the leader of the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau, to be more open-minded on Senate reform rather than pushing the status-quo.
Trudeau stated this past weekend, “Seeing the reaction of French-speaking Canadians outside Quebec and especially Quebecers, it is the Senate’s presence that is ensuring … We have 24 Senators in Quebec and there are only six for Alberta and British Columbia. That benefits us. To want to abolish it, that’s just demagoguery.” (Le Soleil, May 25, 2013.)
Rather than persuading Liberal Senators against sensible Senate accountability measures, I invite him to listen to Canadian taxpayers and work with our government on strengthening Senate oversight. Canadians are speaking out on this issue, against the Senate’s status quo, and we, as elected officials, have an obligation to listen and take decisive action to make the Senate transparent and accountable.
MP – Yukon