On this holiday Monday for most people, I was going to take a crack at Jason Kenney’s ridiculous assertion about how Senate reform could be achieved by the provinces magically holding elections, but I see BCL has already beaten me to it, so go read him and one of the problems he sees with the assertion.
I’ll add some personal commentary though; suck it up, Mr Kenney and Mr Harper. If you really want Senate reform with an elected Senate in some form, you must open constitutional talks with the provinces and get it passed using the 7/50 general amending formula rule. Sure, it may not pass, but brave leaders will risk that if they believe strongly in their cause. Mr Trudeau tried a couple of times unsuccessfully before the 1982 repatriation of the Constitution with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms happened. Heck, I didn’t agree with what Mulroney was trying to do with Meech Lake or Charlottetown, but at least he showed some courage and conviction in his beliefs to try and get these initiatives passed. Harper – and by extension his ministers like Jason Kenney – are openly admitting they’re too afraid to try that and want to do it via some legal backdoor method.