Conservatives resurrect Senate reform

Conservatives resurrect Senate reform Dan Lang is cheering a Senate reform bill introduced by fellow Conservatives last Thursday.

Dan Lang is cheering a Senate reform bill introduced by fellow Conservatives last Thursday.

The bill, if approved, would impose eight-year limits on all new senators, including Lang and the rest of his cohort of 18 appointed last December.

Senators presently serve until the age of 75. The longest-serving senator has done the job for 32 years.

“I personally think eight years is a sufficient period of time,” said Lang.

The bill is being peddled by the Conservatives as a means of making the Senate more accountable to Canadians.

But Liberals, who hold a majority of Senate seats, have expressed concerns that the bill may open up a constitutional can of worms and require the approval of the provinces. Quebec has threatened to sue unless it’s consulted.

This is the Conservatives’ third kick at reforming Canada’s upper house.

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