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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Tory fundraiser among those rumoured for Senate seats

Brian Laghi with the Globe and Mail is reporting today that the Harper Conservatives are expected to appoint Irving Gerstein, the party’s chief fundraiser, to the Senate along with 17 other appointments the Prime Minister is expected to make as early as Monday.

Others rumoured for Senate appointments are former Canadian Alliance interim party leader John Reynolds, Ontario PC MPP Norm Sterling, former ski star Nancy Greene, former Nova Scotia premier John Hamm, and B.C. aboriginal Chief Clarence Louie.

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on December 20, 2008 | Permalink


I wish they would get rid of the senate and save taxpayers money. If not, I would prefer an elected one with term limits. However, I can understand why Harper is taking this step. God knows that the left will try to fill these up after January. At the very least, I hope that he makes Preston Manning a senator. Manning and the Reform Party were the only guys to speak for traditional canadians. I still wonder what it would have been like if Reform came to power in 1993 or 1997.

Posted by: Jethro | 2008-12-20 8:51:44 PM

You have to keep the Senate. There is nothing conservative about throwing away such an old institution. It used to serve a purpose - it was the aristocracy, and the appointed and unelected body which served as a check on the House of Commons.

The New Democrats don't know what they are talking about rejecting a Senate. They have essentially the same idea as the American Progressive movement in the early 1900s which rejected any notion of natural rights and saw the "good" as simply the rule of the majority. Of course the Senate must be an unelected body to cool down the hot tempers of public opinion from the lower House of Commons.

Unfortunately, both in England and in Canada, the Upper House is being wiped out for totalitarian democracy. If you are not going to have a constitutional system, or a presidential system, then a parliamentary system cannot survive without some sort of APPOINTED Upper House to institute a separation of powers.

Posted by: Omar Abu Hatem | 2008-12-20 10:29:17 PM

Omar, hear, hear! If we returned the Senate to what it is supposed to be, that would resolve the problem.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-12-21 5:15:46 PM

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