LETTER: Moratorium on senators a cheap political ploy

We need to do away with the current premise of bicameralism

The decision by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to place a moratorium on the appointment of senators is nothing more than a cheap political ploy to divert the attention of the electorate from the scandal-ridden upper house as we approach the up-coming fall election.

It is a ploy that will only backfire as, since his promise in 2006, he has appointed 59 senators, has endured a ‘neutralizing’ ruling by the Supreme Court, ‘ignored’ one cheque for $90,000 that he probably knew about and has seen 31 charges levied against one Conservative-appointed senator who was one of his party’s outstanding fundraisers.

In a parliamentary monarchy, such as we have here in Canada, our bicameral legislature is based on the English system of one house that would represent the ‘aristocracy’ with the other representing the ‘commoners’.

In Canada’s development of its parliamentary monarchy, we have copied the English governance structure but with the ‘upper’ house members being appointed by the governing party as a result of services to the governing party after it attained power or while it was in opposition.

It has been thought of as the body giving sober second thought, which, of course, has its own implication of the sobriety of the lower house members – Sir John A. Macdonald in particular.

This concept is grossly out-of-date as we should not have a system of governance that is based on having a figurehead whose ancestral roots were based on the dominance of an individual and his or her family premised on leadership that was attained by either physical force or coercion with aristocrats kowtowing in one way shape or form to the monarch of the day in order to further their own wealth and/or power.

The American bicameral congress is premised on representing the electorate in the upper house based on equality of intra-national areas of governance (states) – regardless of the size or population of any one state….something that has not been endorsed here in Canada as can be readily seen by the population of provinces and their number of senators.

Ours is a system that reflects the acquiescence of our ancestral politicians to the electorate of Lower Canada, a term which does not reflect the geographical position of the two early provinces to each other but of the pseudo-aristocratic attitude of the Anglo-Canadians of the mid-nineteenth century of Upper Canada towards the Franco-Canadians.

We need to do away with the current premise of bicameralism and adopt the American republic style….which should also include doing away with the monarchy which is nothing more than a hangover from a hierarchical society of yesteryear and that is something that Canada purports not to be touting its cultural mosaic.

I hope that people have not forgotten, amid the constant repetition of Conservative Party-paid ads against Justin Trudeau, that his election campaign advisers have pulled their TV ad which shows Mr. Harper leaving his Langevin office and turning out the lights.

That action is very ironic as we will find out after the election.

G.E. MacDonell

Abbotsford

Just Posted

Rail group to bring plan to Abbotsford council

Group is calling for plans to run trains on rail line between Chilliwack and Surrey

UPDATE: New Abbotsford ER expansion expected to welcome patients in October 2020

Deadline for construction proposals closes, but construction timeline unknown

Mt. Baker climbers reach summit in memory of Const. John Davidson

Team includes Abbotsford Police members, Davidson’s 3 kids and others

Abbotsford ‘Champ’ bikes with confidence thanks to War Amps

Camden Loewen, 11, receives adaptive device to hold onto handlebar

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

Hazmat incident closes down Lower Mainland street

One person is believed to be dead, police said

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Latest plan is to fly trapped fish by helicopter over Big Bar slide

Multi-pronged plan set in motion to freesalmon blocked by landslide in the Fraser River

Family of missing B.C. senior with dementia frustrated with situation, heartened by community support

Nine days since Grace was last seen the question remains: ‘How can an 86-year-old just disappear?’

Unsealed record suggests U.S. man convicted of murdering Vancouver Island couple left DNA on zip tie in 1987

William Talbott is set to be sentenced Wednesday in the murders of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges gender-exclusive haircut policy

Haircut regulation inspires challenge around gender identity

Pride flags stolen from Lower Mainland church

Went missing sometime Friday night, says Maple Ridge reverend

25 new wheelchair-accessible cabins open at Cultus Lake Provincial Park

Maple Bay Campground is now home to 25 new wheelchair friendly cabins, a first for BC Parks

Most Read