OTTAWA – Speaking from the former home of Nova Scotia’s Upper Chamber, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said that there is an achievable solution to the current Senate scandals: abolish Canada’s Senate once and for all.
“Nova Scotia is the birthplace of responsible government in Canada and has shown that in a democracy, people can get along just fine without an unelected body vetoing their laws,” said Mr. Mulcair. “Every province in Canada manages without an undemocratic Senate. Now we can save over 90 million a year and abolish the federal Senate, too.”
Nova Scotia Senators Terry Mercer and Jim Cowan were both among the top ten spenders for Senate travel the past four years. Over all, Nova Scotia’s Senators missed an average of 37 days each this Parliament, while the Senate only sits an average of only 60 days a year.
While Stephen Harper is proroguing Parliament and running away from accountability, NDP leader Tom Mulcair is on a cross country tour this week with the message that an unelected Senate filled with insiders and party bagmen has no place in a modern democracy – and it’s time to roll up the red carpet on the Upper Chamber.