Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Stockwell Day's call for an elected Senate


Stockwell Day, MP for Okanagan Coquihalla and Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, publishes a weekly commentary that speaks plainly to members of his constituency.

This week's commentary is a call once again to reform the unelected Canadian Senate. Stockwell doesn't dislike the Senate, and provides historical background on how the Upper Chamber came to be, and why it way initially an unelected body.

"Over the decades, as our democratic processes evolved, it became a source of growing irritation that unelected Senators could actually do things like pass their own legislation and amend or delay legislation that had been passed by elected Members of Parliament."

Minister Day identifies a clear and simple path for changing the Senate to an elected body that would represent citizens instead of the Prime Minister, and names the Senators recently appointed who have agreed to help achieve those goals.

For the time being, you have to be on Stockwell's mailing list to get this weekly commentary, but it should be up here on the website in a couple of weeks.

Until then, the Aug 17 weekly commentary, "Eyes Front" details a proud grandson's trip to Ottawa for the unveiling of the Wall of Honor for those Canadian soldiers who died and were captured while serving in the Japanese theatre of Hong Kong in WWII.

Stockwell writes from his heart, and his compassion, grace, and hard work is evident every week in these commentaries. I wish my MP wrote these to his constituents. I think I'll send him a note and ask him why he doesn't.

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