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B.C. Premier Christy Clark: ‘Fix or fold’ the Senate

Premier says B.C. will not participate in the newly announced process to appoint members to the upper chamber


 
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sits with Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant, B.C. Premier Christy Clark, and Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski as they listen to a question being asked during an information session at the First Ministers meeting at the Museum of Nature Monday November 23, 2015 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/CP)

Justin Trudeau sits with Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant, B.C. Premier Christy Clark, and Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski at the First Ministers meeting November 23, 2015 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/CP)

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.


 
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B.C. Premier Christy Clark: ‘Fix or fold’ the Senate

  1. Population of BC: 4,683,100
    Population of NB: 753,900
    # BC Senators: 6
    # NB Senators: 10

    BC has about 6 times the population of New Brunswick, yet has 6 Senators to NB’s 10.
    Clark is totally correct to complain about BC’s representation. Indeed, how can the Senate claim any kind of legitimacy while under-representing BC to such an egregious extent.

    (Populations obtained from Stats Can web page)

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