Do Canadians want a Senate? - Macleans.ca

Do Canadians want a Senate?

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Conservative Senator Hugh Segal revives his proposal of a referendum on Senate abolition.

Segal envisions one simple referendum question: “Do you think the Senate should be abolished? Yes or No.” “That would have a clarity and an impact and a weight in our political discussions that none of the other discussions to date have had.”

Senator Segal floated this idea a year and a half ago.

In this case, he thinks a referendum should be conducted before the Supreme Court returns with its response to the Harper government’s questions about Senate reform and abolition.