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Dion positions Liberals with West on Senate

Former Liberal leader tries to undermine Harper in his Tory heartland with position on reform


Former Liberal leader Stéphane Dion has waded into the debate on Senate reform, arguing that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s plan to update the upper chamber is out of touch with his home province of Alberta and neighbouring British Columbia. In an op-ed article, Dion sides with B.C. Premier Christy Clark and former Alberta premier Don Getty, who have both voiced criticism of the federal Conservative plan. Harper wants to pass a law to limit Senators’ terms and encourage provinces to hold elections to fill their vacant Senate slots. Those votes would be voluntary and a prime minister would still have the final say on appointments. The Tory proposal does not tackle the current imbalance that favours smaller provinces, leaving Alberta and British Columbia with far fewer senators than their populations warrant. “Alberta has 9.1 per cent of members of Parliament, but only 5.7 per cent of the senators,” Dion writes. “The gap is even larger for B.C., with 11.7 per cent of MPs and only 5.7 per cent in the Senate.” The op-ed is written with the characteristic factual precision that first drew attention to Dion when he used cold, relentless logic as then-prime minister Jean Chrétien’s point-man on constitutional issues to become a constant annoyance to Quebec separatists. Now, as Liberal critic for democratic reform and intergovernmental affairs, he seems to be employing the same tone and technique to undermine Harper’s bid to overhaul the Senate.

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Dion positions Liberals with West on Senate

  1. He is a great man who will continue doing great things.

  2. In your dreams………….. 

    • He comes across much better when he is allowed to write out arguments and discussion, as he did for Chretien.. as he is doing now. It’s a role that will suit him well.

  3. Blah blah blah, coming from someone who has no principles save his emotions. Harper is in the right, and is fundamentally NOT FORCING ANYONE TO DO ANYTHING. In fact, he is trying to take away the involuntary forces that plague our system, and trying to get their house as well as ours in order.
    These clowns just object for the sake of objection. Not surprising that the New Democrats would not support more democracy~