VICTORIA — British Columbia’s Liberal government is not impressed with federal Liberal plans to overhaul the Senate appointment process.
In a terse statement, Premier Christy Clark says B.C. will not participate in the newly announced process to appoint members to the upper chamber.
Clark says the changes don’t resolve the Senate’s failure to represent British Columbians or address provincial concerns at the national level.
She calls for the Senate to be “fixed or folded,” but says B.C. should not be distracted by it.
Federal Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef has announced that five board members, three from the federal level and two ad-hoc members from the provinces, will select Senate candidates based on public criteria.
She says a transition advisory board will begin selecting five senators immediately _ two from Ontario, two from Manitoba and one from Quebec, in order to improve regional balance in the Senate.