Thursday, December 02, 2010

Frances Russell against an empowered Senate

Frances Russell had a feisty column in the Winnipeg Free Press yesterday. Sparked by a recent poll suggesting a large majority of Canadians support an elected Senate, she sets out all the reasons why it's a bad idea and salutes the wisdom of the constitution-makers of 1867 in focussing power in the representative lower house.

'Course I'm always a sucker for journalists who cite me as their authority.

(H/t Immanuel Giulea.)

Update, December 3: Meanwhile, Timothy Garton-Ash, always lucid on European politics and history, seem befuddled by Britain's upper house. He grasps the threat of a powerful but unrepresentative upper house, but cannot quite bring himself to reject it. (Thanks Stephen McLean.)
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