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It's taken 23 years of single minded devotion, but Bert Brown is at last within sight of his goal to be appointed to the Senate. Prime Minister Harper has announced his intention to put Brown forward to fill Alberta's latest vacancy.
Brown has been a champion of senate reform from the beginning, having sat on the Select Special Committee that first coined the term Triple-E Senate. Sheer dogged persistence has finally won the day.
This is not, however, a great victory for democracy. Alberta's last so-called senate selection race was held 3 years ago during a provincial general election that saw the lowest voter turnout in the province's history (44.7%). The senate option was not popular with the voting public. Fully 2 out of 3 voters in Edmonton and Calgary refused to mark a valid ballot for any of the candidates. Brown barely squeaked into first place with 312,041 votes. So, fewer than 1 in 6 eligible Albertans supported him, hardly a resounding vote of confidence.
Posted On Apr 27 01:22PM
Posted On Apr 24 11:36AM
While the election of Bert Brown is a good step forward, I think there are more pressing problems in the Senate, such as regional representation (Alberta is still short changed).
Bast makes a good point, what difference does it make if Alberta is the only province electing senators? Ours may be accountable to us, but the body itself will remain unaccountable.
Posted On Apr 19 11:50PM