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Less is more!
Many are the voices of what to do with Canada’s final resting place for politically deserving friends-of-the-government. Letter-writer Ian MacLeod is hopefully counting on the prime minister’s commitment not to appoint his “loyalists” any more—and all would be well.
While the Senate expense scandal certainly provides ample reason to have “sober second thoughts” about the future of the Senate, surely the best argument for Senate reform is to be found in the much wider issue of the numbers:
•The United States with a population of 313,914,000 (2012) has 100 elected senators.
•Canada with a population of only 34,483,000 (2011) has 105 appointed senators!
All the more reason to start “small” in reforming the Senate, with two senators for each province and territory for a total of 26 senators to be elected not appointed.
Now how about thinking “smaller” with respect to those 308 MPs in Canada’s lower house, representing a California-sized population of only 34 million, when our neighbour to the south manages to epresent a population of 314 million with only 435 representatives. Less is more!