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The reform party


 

Through Tim Harper, Progressive Consevative senator Lowell Murray explains his concerns with the current style of Senate reform.

Many otherwise productive senators of a certain age would likely do what he might have done, turn down a job that has only a nine-year lifespan, meaning he or she would have to search new work in their 50s. There would be the obvious tension of elected members working alongside appointed members, and, he says, the Senate becomes the elite body.

An Ontario senator would be elected province-wide and he or she would have a stronger mandate from more voters for a longer period of time than an MP from the province. Such province-wide votes would also be biased against northern and rural representatives and would favour candidates from large urban centres home to large media. It could also lead to U.S.-style gridlock.

Meanwhile, the Ontario government is thinking about joining a legal challenge.


 

The reform party

  1. It’s official.  We are now in the era of utter bosh.

    • “Bosh” isn’t a word.

  2. When he refers to “human dignity” his concepts come from the Vatican II document “Dignitatis Humanae” which, among other matters, discussed the relationship between religious belief, pluralism and political freedom. 

    • When is the Vatican going to discuss pedophilia?

  3. Except we won’t allow homosexuals to marry. For no logical, rational reason. Other than that, it’s all about dignity. 

    • I like Jason Kenney generally, but I’d respect him a lot more if he dropped the 43-year-old virgin shtick and just came out already.

      • Kinsella already outted him.

        • Poor Emily – she thinks Kinsella had a hot scoop, as opposed to repeating years-old Ottawa common knowledge.

          • Get a grip AVR…yes, Kenney, Baird and other gays in the Con cabinet have been common knowledge for years.

            I said Kinsella ‘publically’ outted him

  4. Kenney is Catholic?! I didn’t know that. 

    Catholics have that ‘meek shall inherit earth’ belief going on – a lot like socialists in fact. Catholics are great in private sphere because they are always trying to help downtrodden but are ruinous when it comes to public jobs. 

    Good mix for country would have lots of Protestants, Hindus, Buddhists and Catholics but Catholics are not allowed near public jobs. Government should be run by non-Catholics because Catholics are enablers of vice. 

    Confession/absolution is ok for individual but as Canada’s governing principle for past 40-50 years it has led to society to hell in handcart. 

    Wiki:
    The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism is a book written by Max Weber …. In the book, Weber wrote that capitalism in northern Europe evolved when the Protestant (particularly Calvinist) ethic influenced large numbers of people to engage in work in the secular world, developing their own enterprises and engaging in trade and the accumulation of wealth for investment.

    • Time to put down the drink and shut off the computer, Tony. You’ve made a fool of yourself elsewhere and you’re making an ass of yourself here.

      hint: when you’re smearing an entire religion, it’s time to shut off the computer.

    • “Time to put down the drink …. ”

      That would make my family laugh because you should hear me after a few drinks.

      My maternal grandmother was middle class devout Catholic and my paternal grandmother was working class protestant from glasgow. On alternate Sundays I would be told that Pope was my friend who would save my soul and then my other nan would warn me of popish plots and how I stay well clear of papists because they would lead to my ruination.

      I believe in God but I told both my nans many times Jesus was itinerant Jew with charisma who knew a few carny tricks. 

      However, just because I don’t agree with their beliefs does not mean I have problem with Catholics. Religious people do much good for underclasses in Canada – above and beyond people who just pay taxes – and should be commended and encouraged much more than they are.  

      Last summer, Statistics Canada released a survey on Canadians and their charitable habits. While less than one in five attend church regularly, those who do are far more likely to give to charities, and are substantially more liberal in the size of their gifts to both religious and non-religious organizations. The average annual donation from a churchgoer is $1,038. For the rest of the population, $295.
      http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/05/06/do-atheists-care-less/

      Life of Brian ~ 

      He’s not the Messiah. He’s a very naughty boy

      Er, well, um, if you’re dropping by again, do pop in. Heh. And thanks a lot for the gold and frankincense, er, but don’t worry too much about the myrrh next time. All right? Heh. Thank you. Good-bye. 

      Well, weren’t they nice? Hmm. Out of their bloody minds, but still.

  5. Human dignity is the lodestar? Except when you’re making puffins poop on political opponents, I suppose. I guess Kenney has either limited influence on his party or he doesn’t walk the talk. Or both.

    • Are you the same person as OriginalEmily1?

      • No, but I welcome another Emily

        Makes a nice change from people who think they use reason when they don’t