Canadians lead the way on Senate reform
Published 23/06/2011 | 05:00
In laying down its proposals to abolish the Seanad, the Fine Gael-Labour Coalition would do well to follow the major Senate debate currently ongoing in Canada.
The Canadian Senate operates almost exactly as our Seanad does, because it is established as a non-partisan second chamber that serves as a source of guidance, counsel and sober thought.
But unlike Enda Kenny, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is wisely rejecting the growing calls in his country to abolish the Canadian Senate. The government recognises the wisdom of retaining a second chamber to act as a buffer to the fickle whims of the House of Commons.