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Saskatchewan repeals elected Senate law, tables motion calling for abolition


 

REGINA – Saskatchewan has repealed legislation that would have allowed for the election of Senate nominees.

The law was passed in 2009 and allowed for elections to choose names that could be put forward to the prime minister for Senate consideration — although no election was ever held.

Premier Brad Wall has also tabled a motion in the legislature calling for the abolition of the Senate.

Wall told the legislature that the Senate has “failed the test of being effective.”

The premier has said he believes that most people in Saskatchewan agree that the Senate no longer serves any useful purpose and is not worth the $100 million in taxpayer money spent on it each year.

Wall had been a proponent of Senate reform, but said this spring that he no longer believes meaningful reform is possible.

“Long before the current scandals which have further marginalized the Senate as a useful institution, many were questioning the relevance of an appointed group of men and women, unelected and unaccountable, potentially standing in the way of an elected House of Commons,” Wall said in a news release Wednesday.

“As it has become clear that reform is not possible, abolition has become the preference of Saskatchewan people.”

Wall says the motion is not a proposed constitutional amendment, but simply a statement of Saskatchewan’s official position on the Senate.

The motion is expected to pass as it is the position of the governing Saskatchewan Party and the Opposition NDP.

Saskatchewan New Democrats, who have long pushed for an end to the upper chamber, say they will unanimously vote in favour of abolishing the Senate and will also vote to repeal the Senate Election Act.

“Saskatchewan families have good Saskatchewan common sense — they are not amused by the high cost of supporting senators’ lifestyles, and they’re outraged by the scandals of the Senate,” NDP Leader Cam Broten said before the vote.

Broten also said the vote should be a starting point for the government, which should now work to persuade other premiers and Ottawa to follow suit.

Federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair took to Twitter to applaud the move by the Saskatchewan government.

Mulcair tweeted: “Thank you @PremierBradWall for your efforts to abolish the #SenCa. Let’s continue working together to make it happen.”

Nova Scotia and Manitoba have also said the Senate should be abolished.


 

Saskatchewan repeals elected Senate law, tables motion calling for abolition

  1. Abolishing the Senate makes the Prime Minister of the day a Dictator just like Adolf Hitler, Stalin and Mao Tse Tung, etc., etc. They have zero accountability for their actions. They can do whatever they want with no redress. I would never vote for the NDP when their leader Tom Mulcair can have such an attitude.

  2. Wall, showboating as usual.

    • Exactly. Wall has great hopes for being a player on the national scene, and if anyone tells you well, he can’t speak French — I know the guy who’s been teaching him French since about 2006 – 07. So he’s likely at least as proficient in it as Harper. Wall has no barriers — local media adore him and if they have to write something negative, they temper it by saying what a great family man he is, or how affable he is. And he is — trust me, a very likeable guy, witty and self-deprecating. And even though he’s not at all likely to succeed with his senate abolition plan — he still can crow about it nationally, how he tried to push it out even when premier of SK.

      • As if Senate reform is moving ahead so quickly it was really to rush this legislation. He’s been pandering on this subject all along.

  3. Not really, CO. The senate has the final say in whether a bill is passed or not. The great one has stacked the senate with CPC people who will push through anything he proposes and that’s why he won’t do anything about abolishing the senate. In the commons, even though he has a majority gov, he can still be blocked from passing some of the omnibus bills he has in the past done.