My Premier, Dalton Mcguinty, has been long on the record that he is for killing the Senate, rather then reforming it, and he reinforced that with another statement to that effect in response to Harper’s proposed Senate reforms. He is joined in that belief by the Nova Scotia Premier, and both of them are in agreement with the federal NDP, who have long advocated that position.
The problem of course with calling for the abolition of the Senate is the same potential roadblock that faces changing the Senate to an elected body (notwithstanding Harper’s attempts to sidestep it, and Quebec appears ready to take the Feds to court once they proceed down that aisle), it requires a constitutional amendment.
Is there support among seven provinces with 50% + of the population to abolish the Senate? I’m a bit skeptical myself. I also part ways with Mr. Mcguinty on this issue: I think the Senate can serve a useful purpose as an elected body. I think a modified Australian federal model would serve us well without plunging the parliamentary institutions into gridlock.