A non-binding, voluntary basis for encouragement to consider fundamental change

The government has now tabled its Senate Reform Act.

It would not require provinces and territories to implement consultation processes but would strongly encourage them to do so. It also demonstrates support for those provinces that have already undertaken legislation to establish such democratic processes. 

The Act includes a voluntary schedule, based on Alberta’s Senatorial Selection Act, which would set out a basis for provinces to enact democratic processes. 

The Act would not be binding on the Prime Minister or the Governor General when making appointments to the Senate.  However, it would require the Prime Minister to consider the recommended names from a list of elected Senate nominees when recommending Senate appointments.