Premier Wall concerned Canadians stuck with Senate

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In a statement released earlier today, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says a Supreme Court of Canada decision regarding proposed Senate Reform has all be ended hopes of abolishing the upper chamber.

In their ruling The Supreme Court notes the abolition of the Senate requires the unanimous consent of the Senate, the House of Commons, plus the provinces, so efforts to abolish the Senate would require changes to the Constitution Act.

"Supreme Court of Canada decision makes it very clear that Canadians are stuck indefinitely with an unelected, unaccountable, upper house, a principle feature of which is a representational bias against western Canada," Wall said in his statement.  

"This is obviously very disappointing to the Province of Saskatchewan and so many Canadians who find it unacceptable and even embarrassing that in 2014 Canada is the only western bicameral democracy that has an unelected and unaccountable institution with real power over its citizens.

"I do not see how even a national referendum would affect change. The Court's pronouncement that every province has de-facto veto over meaningful change or abolition renders the prospects for a national question moot and the exercise a probable waste of time and taxpayers money.

"Short of successive Prime Ministers refusing to appoint Senators until the chamber is empty it would appear that Canada is indeed stuck with an anachronistic, unelected, unaccountable Senate."

Organizations: Supreme Court of Canada, House of Commons

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Canada

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