Monday, December 29, 2008

Reforming Canada's Senate!


Good Day Readers:

The recent appointment of 18 new Senators has rekindled the debate on reform - an elected Upper Chamber? Fact is, it's nothing new and almost as old as the country itself. We highly recommend
The series of articles listed below chronicles recent attempts at reform. They're well written and worth the read. Mapleleafweb is a project of the University of Lethbridge's Department of Political Science.
Sincerely,
Clare L. Pieuk
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Senate Reform in Canada
Feature by
Jay Makarenko
Government & Institutions
October 1, 2006
Canada has a long and diverse history of Senate reform proposals, dating back to 1874, when the House of Commons heard, and rejected, a proposal to allow each province to select its own Senators. This article provides an overview and analysis of this history of Senate reform. It focuses strictly on the period between 1970 and 2007, and describes and compares individual reform proposals, as well as general trends during this period.
Giving the Provinces a Greater Voice in the Senate
Senate reform proposals in the 1970s
Democratic Legitimacy & the Triple-E Senate
Senate reform proposals in the 1980s
Meech Lake, Charlottetown & Senate Reform
Senate reform proposals in the 1990s
Non-constitutional Change & Senate Reform
2006 Conservative Senate reform proposal
Sources & Links for Further Information
Article sources & links for more information on this topic

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