There seems to be something about Trudeau that stuns the brains of normally intelligent, rational columnists, pundits and this move to reduce power must have hit a nerve in a lot of them who are now mouthing vacuous comments about liberal senators when all they need to know is that liberal senators will continue to vote for liberal ideas but can also now vote according to their conscience–long guns and abortion issues come to mind.
But enough of that , what matters here is that he is telling us that his party will no longer appoint senators, and this, I claim, solves the Senate problem.
Let’s face it, the present system rewards those who have done something for the party in power. This is a reward, this is a gift for a job well done, this is prize and this is a free pass to a life of leisure. Nowhere in there is there any suggestion they are required to accept responsibilities of any sort so why would they not feel entitled? They deserve this, they have been told so by a grateful party.
But by appointing applicants on the basis of their useful qualifications introduces a different mind set that fixes this weakness and there is no reason then why the senate cannot evolve into a group of concerned statesman.
The method of appointing applicants is no big deal and can easily be developed–off the top of my head I’d suggest have every province appoint a member to serve for two years on a committee that would in turn pick suitable candidates. But better brains than mine will pick the method– hope this slows down the fluttering of the hearts of those pundits who might still be feeling the effects of their trauma.