Sunday November 23, 2014


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Trudeau wants a less accountable Senate


Dear editor,

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s Senate gambit, with respect to Liberal senators, once again shows his lack of judgement.

Although it would sever the close partisan ties senators have to the party that appoints them, it would make the Senate even less accountable to Canadians by having them appointed by an elite, unaccountable and unelected group.

Moments after Trudeau announced that there are “no more Liberal senators,” James Cowan, the leader of the Liberal Senate caucus, remarked that “not much will change” and “I’m not a former Liberal. I’m a Liberal. And I’m a Liberal senator.”

It is like saying that changing from Liberal senators to senators who are Liberals is a real, substantial change.

Our Conservative government is leading the way on enhancing the Senate’s accountability. We are the only party committed to electing senators, who will be responsible to those who elect them, and not to anyone else, and we have references before the Supreme Court on improving the accountability of the Senate and how to abolish it if reform proves unsuccessful.

Unlike Trudeau and the Liberals, our government will continue to push for more accountability and more transparency in Canadian politics.


Ed Komarnicki

Souris – Moose Mountain MP




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