Senate a good place for political friends

Pity the U.S. Senate where you actually have to win an election to get in

Re: Tories fumble Senate reform (Our View, Aug. 14)

Many are the voices of what to do with Canada’s final resting place for politically deserving friends-of-the-government.

Upon “sober second thought,” let’s leave well enough alone.

After all, where would we be without being able to bestow partisan consolation prizes upon one’s own failed election candidates by appointing them to Canada’s graveyard of government patronage.

Pity the U.S. Senate where you actually have to win an election to get in, when in Canada all you have to do is lose one.

And here is a “sobering” afterthought:  The United States with a population of 314 million has 100 elected senators. Canada with a population of only 35 million has 105 appointed senators. Makes one wonder.

E.W. Bopp, Tsawwassen



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