Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Distinct Society

On another note, since Quebec has Senate seats, will the candidates run in their "ridings"? Or will it be done province wide? If so, will the winning candidates simply buy 4,000$ worth of property in certain ridings? Will the parties try to put forward candidates from different regions in the province? Will the Conservatives hire Tom Long to find them candidates in regions where they don't have a lot of members such as the Gaspe? Inquiring minds want to know.

7 Comments:

  • More importantly, are these going to be once-in-a-lifetime elections; or, in the true spirit of electoral democracy, will Senators now have set terms? A fifty-something candidate could conceivably run once for a 25-year term.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:43 AM  

  • Actually, a senator could run for a 45 year "term"; senators must be at least 30 years old and serve until the age of 75. A constitutional amendment would be required to impose terms. With Harper's plan, we will likely get a politically empowered senate with no accountability.

    By Anonymous Ed King, at 8:51 AM  

  • The Senate *is* politically empowered. Changing how people get there isn't going to affect what they can do once they arrive. Think abortion, GST, and other Liberal opposition hijinks.

    By Blogger matt, at 10:59 AM  

  • Hey matt, what happened on abortion? To the best of my knowledge, Mulroney could not pass an abortion bill through the House of Commons, therefore it never made the Senate floor.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:48 PM  

  • anon, your best isn't good enough.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/abortion/

    1990: The federal government, led by Progressive Conservative Brian Mulroney, introduces Bill C-43, which would sentence doctors to two years in jail for performing abortions where a woman's health is not at risk. The bill is passed by the House of Commons, but dies in the Senate after a tie vote.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:21 PM  

  • Weren't the Alberta elections for the senate province wide? Didn't Harper support that?

    By Blogger Peter Wrightwater, at 2:04 PM  

  • It's amazing what can be done without a constitutional amendment. A senator could simply agree to sit for a 4 or 6 year term and then resign and run again or retire. No need for messy constitutional meddling, just an understanding and trust.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:08 PM  

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