Breaking: Marc Garneau disagrees with Justin Trudeau

This time, it’s about Senate reform


Yesterday, Marc Garneau criticized Justin Trudeau for comments Mr. Trudeau made about Quebec secession. Today, the Garneau campaign announces that the candidate disagrees with Mr. Trudeau’s stance on Senate reform (see previously: The solution is not better patronage and How would Trudeau appoint senators?)

Liberal Leadership Candidate Marc Garneau would push for an elected Senate with limited terms, in stark contrast to fellow leadership candidate Justin Trudeau’s status quo approach to the red chamber.

“I fundamentally disagree with Justin Trudeau, who has said he would stick with the status quo and simply nominate better Senators,” said Garneau, who is travelling in rural Quebec this week.

“Trudeau says reform is too problematic. I say real leaders find solutions to make positive change. They don’t give in to the status quo because it’s too hard.”

Garneau said Australia, which also has a parliamentary system, has a tie-breaking mechanism between its House of Commons and its Senate, and has an elected senate that could serve as a model for Canada

He said he would work with the provinces and constitutional experts to create an elected Senate that would address regional balance and ensure the House of Commons would be the final arbiter.

“Canadians have made clear that they are dissatisfied with the undemocratic, unrepresentative Senate as it now stands. My position is Canada must work with the provinces to create an elected Senate with limited terms,” said Garneau.


Breaking: Marc Garneau disagrees with Justin Trudeau

  1. The senate has been corrupted with partisan hacks since Confederation. There’s no pressing need to fix something that’s been broken for 145 years. Best solution is to just get rid of it.

    Commons committees do all the real work of “second sober thought,” and they are comprised of MPs elected by the people to be there. It’s time to cut out the duplication and deadwood.

  2. Ha, there you have it from the Garneau camp: Justin Trudeau, not a real leader

    • You were expecting something different?

  3. An elected senate is a recipe for even more partisan rancor on the Hill and for bicameral gridlock, like the American government’s state of perpetual stalemate.

    Either abolish it or, as a less desirable alternative, make appointments based on recommendations from a non-partisan, blue ribbon panel.

  4. MG may be right about Trudeau making a rookie mistake by getting drawn on the referendum question. But according some polls in QC more than this number -66% – agree with Trudeau, not Garneau.

  5. Individuals in a Senate who have been abusing their priveledges for far too long, i do not beleive that anything will ever be just- the Senate empowers these Senators with luxery lifelong lifestyles and pensions at the cost of poverty, injustice because the positione entiltles them to. These individuals act as if they are Gods or better. it is shameful. This is Canada and not Australia. limited terms would be even cosltier to canadians. Have we not enough Senators pensions… to pay for. Corruption seems to be the game. We Canadians are kept in the dark- all we hear is what the Senate and Prime Minister dictates.

  6. The lower house of the Australian Federal Parliament is called the House of Representatives not the House of Commons.
    Having said that I think the Australian Senate could be a good model for the Canadian Senate.

  7. Garneau thinks Canadians are unhappy with the Senate and wants to change it. Should I be glad that he wants to devote a bunch of time and energy to this? I’m rather with Trudeau on this, the quick fix is to appoint better Senators and move on to other issues.

    How about we change the House of Commons first? It’s broken and matters more.

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