Two weeks after the May 2 federal election, Stephen Harper appointed three defeated Conservative candidates to the Senate on the sly: former intergovernmental affairs minister Josée Verner, Larry Smith and Fabian Manning. They were all rejected by the voters, and yet were called upon – against the public’s will – to sit in the Senate. The world is turning upside down!
Of course we all know that the Senate is used to reward friends of the ruling party and their followers. The Conservatives haven’t changed anything; they’re simply doing what the Liberals have done before them. It’s all the same.
You are a demagogue, Mr. Harper. You want us to believe that you want an equal, elected and effective Senate, yet you mock us and our democracy. One day this will come back to haunt you.
Senators earn more than $132,000 per year as a base salary and remain there until the age of 75. It costs nearly $90 million per year for each and every one of us. In 2008-09, the Senate sat a total of 69 days! The Senate is unnecessary, undemocratic and should be abolished.
Fortunately, we can count on 103 New Democrat MP’s in the House of Commons to safeguard our democracy. Go Jack Go!
Mario Leclerc, Cornwall Ontario