Tories introduce Senate election billConservative Party introduces senate election legislation
As promised long ago, the Conservative Party has begun to move forward with its Senate reform agenda.
And the road to Senate reform will begin in the Senate, as the Tories opted to introduce their legislation there.
The bill will allow all of Canada's provinces -- not merely Alberta -- to elect Senators-in-waiting. The decision abour whether or not to actually hold the elections will remain up to individual provinces, but Canadians will no longer have to wait for each province to pass individual legislation.
Senator Bob Runciman is particularly excited to have this legislation before the Senate.
"It boggles the mind that one of the world's greatest democracies appoints people to a House of Parl iament, considering that as we stand here we have troops in Afghanistan fighting and dying to support a budding democracy," Runciman announced.
With a plurality in the Senate, the Conservatives will still face some challenges in passing this legislation: notably, bringing Progressive Conservative and independent Senators onboard to vote for it.
But should this bill pass in the Senate, the Liberal caucus in the House of Commons will have a very difficult time justifying opposing a Senate reform bill that will have already won the approval of the Senate itself.