You’ve all seen the circus haven’t you? The little clowns in the little clown cars… the bearded lady… the shyster flogging shady games. Similar characters can be found in the Canadian Senate. Usually, they hide in the shadows with their hands in the Canadian public’s pockets. Now, they openly stand in public and pick your pockets.I know a lot of Canadians are rightly fed up with the waste of their money in the Canadian Senate. I can feel it. It’s palpable. We’re ‘mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore!’ Well, maybe it hasn’t gotten that far yet. And the reason it hasn’t gotten that far yet is because we can’t do a damn thing about it. It’s that simple.
The Canadian Senate will never be abolished until the Constitution is changed. Changing the Canadian Constitution is as close to impossible as you can get. Our very bright leaders of the past decided to make the process so convoluted, confusing and impossible that making the effort to do it wears one out by even taking a moment to think about it.
To change the Canadian Constitution (and thus to abolish the Senate), all the provinces have to agree. Ha! Fat chance. It’s always been an ‘us vs them’ mentality that has caused great friction between the provinces and the federal government. Even without putting Quebec into the conversation, it’s always been an enormous task to make the provinces agree to anything. There is another option to change the Constitution with an amendment to abolish the Senate: only 7 provinces need to agree representing 50% of the population.
The ongoing expense scandal should have been enough to send Canadians into the streets with pitchforks and flaming spears. But Canadians are a busy lot. Sure they like to complain about the wasting of money, but their bright forefathers made it so difficult to enact the process to stop the waste of money that I think they have become resigned to the fact that no matter how much they cry out, the Senate being abolished is only a far off dream.
It’s sad really. We are the people. This is our country. This our money being flushed down the toilet by a bunch of elitist sycophants. When I think of all the good places close to $100 million dollars a year could go (hospitals, schools, new jobs, cancer research, etc) – and see it instead being wasted on pigs at a trough, I want to vomit. It should be up to us and instead it is not. We have told the people who represent us that we don’t want the Senate any longer. They aren’t listening to us.
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