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Discussing Senate reform in the Ballast

I did another interview with Ballast magazine that you guys might find interesting. The topic is Canadian Senate reform; I debate with editor Paul Hiebert as to whether or not we’d be better of just drafting random citizens to run the thing.

I’m against, because…

The main problem Joe and Jane Average Canadian have with the Senate has nothing to do with the calibre of the senators themselves. This is a point I’ve been trying to make in the aftermath of Brazeau-gate and all the rest of it — how good or bad or elitist or populist or whatever the individual senators are is not really the issue. The issue is whether or not they are accountable for the decisions they make.

This seems to be shaping up into a something of a running feature I’m going to be doing with the Ballast folks.




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