Friday, September 08, 2006

Harper's senate reform is not a "democratic deficit" reform

The senate, normally filled with old people (senex=old man) is going to change, if
Harper's gets his way. In a parliamentary system the house of commons is the dominant chamber, the senate (the "upper house") does play an important part; it puts restraints on the lower house. Together there's the balance of a innovation and restraint.

Still, there is the democratic deficit, a large gap between the wishes of Canadians and the way the government acts. But Harper must be dreaming to think that senate reform is going to narrow the gap.

The deficit has to do with our elective process; the first past the post system forwards too much power to a select few, power hungry, elite.

It's time for change, but the senate reform isn't it.

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