|Chillin’ in HoC
The idea that our parliamentary democracy is not working as well as it should has been floating around since the Trudeau era (Pierre). Many Canadians are upset over how the Senate operates or how the dialogue in the House of Commons has become childish and full of political vitriol.
Michael Ignatieff, former Liberal leader, wrote an article
over the weekend suggesting that the Executive branch may have too much power. The Harper government is asking the Judicial branch, the Supreme Cour
t, to decide on how we should go about reforming the Legislative branch, the Senate. Here is a nice piece from the National Post
But does our system not work? 140 years ago, or so, political leaders in this country felt it appropriate to create a constitution and democracy which included all three branches and a Westminister
parliament. Has something changed? Should something change?
In order to answer this, the Globe and Mail
is running a really cool campaign called Reinventing Parliament
. Along with your Mini-essays on Senate Reform, I would like you to suggest the one thing that you want to have changed via the G&M website. You will see that they want you to be creative. Please take a screen shot of your post and save it so we can see what you posted on Friday.
Here are some sources which might be helpful for your investigation: