Abolish the Senate

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Senators are not elected and serve until retirement, yet they can defeat bills that the people have approved in the House of Commons. This is a terrible, undemocratic way of governance and must be abolished.

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Submitted by Didier Pilon on April 16, 2021 - 6:34 AM

Absolutely. We need to get rid of this corrupt and undemocratic institution once and for all!

Submitted by Jeff Haack on April 12, 2021 - 3:52 PM

Sorry Senators, your reign of undemocratic terror is over. Unelected, unrepresentative, unrelating meddling in Canadian politics. Abolish the Senate.

Submitted by Samuel Egan on February 23, 2021 - 10:35 PM

Senators are a waste of Canadian $$$. They serve no functional purpose, and even if they were to serve their duties faithfully, they would be doing so undemocratically.

Submitted by Reardon on February 23, 2021 - 6:01 PM

Canada isn't a democracy but removing the unelected unaccountable senate would help us get there and the next step after that is to change our electoral system we need to get rid of FPTP and replace it with Proportional representation + remove the queen as head of state

Submitted by Eugene Morck on February 16, 2021 - 6:29 PM

The fact that Senators aren't elected is actually good, it means they should be chosen based on their merit, abilities and judgment - unlike elected politicians who will get elected solely on their ability to convince people, often with empty promises. What we need is a solid Senate, appointed by a non-partisan board, to counterbalance the vacuity of most elected MPs.

Submitted by Martin Lessard on February 16, 2021 - 12:51 AM

Shut it down. The House can take care of it and we can do much more important things with the money saved. Too much damn politicians.

Submitted by Keiran Anderson on February 10, 2021 - 6:53 PM

The Senate is blatantly undemocratic, and isn't beholden to the will of the people.

Submitted by Anonymous on February 03, 2021 - 7:44 PM

For an avg salary of over $150K/ yr and government pension, I fail to see the relevance with the work amount of work they perform and their compensation on top of being appointed, so basically no accountability

Submitted by Ross Dingwall on January 22, 2021 - 6:33 PM

Because Senators are not elected but appointed , the Senate has become nothing more than a way to favour Party hacks. They enjoy all forms of perks which the ordinary Canadian citizen does not. It is absolutely wrong for an appointed body to have any influence on how our country is governed.

Submitted by Sam Margison on January 09, 2021 - 8:56 AM

Counter productive and blaintly terrible group of people to be giving orders they can't even follow themselves. What a joke. It's time for some make real change. It's time to get red of the Senate.

Submitted by Ian on December 30, 2020 - 5:36 PM

The Senate in Canada has never worked properly these are political hand-outs to those who have done favours for the standing Federal Government. The salaries and costs to run the senate are outrageous and the cost continues to rise under the Trudeau government from 90M in his first term to 114 M now. It is time to abolish the Senate and be more fiscally responsible to Canadian taxpayers money.

Submitted by Anonymous on December 12, 2020 - 3:31 AM

The senate is a massive waste of tax dollars abolish it and abolish the monarchy

Submitted by Randy Cleroux on December 11, 2020 - 2:10 AM

I do not understand why we need the Senate. Procedure in the house of commons to pass a bill requires three readings. In between, there are committees, discussions and debates. If after all this, the elected members of the house of commons have still not got it right, then what are we paying them for. Its time to abolish the Senate, this archaic broken institution needs to go. I would also suggest that the entire budget for the Senate, once its gone, go to Health Care costs. This would be a better use of funds.

Submitted by eddie byrne on November 27, 2020 - 1:40 AM

It is disgusting that we are still paying people hundreds of thousands of dollars to, at best do nothing at all, and at worse stall or block legislation of which is the will of the people.

Submitted by Anonymous on November 20, 2020 - 8:26 PM

Having an unelected chamber is dangerous for democracy, especially when that chamber has the ability to veto bills. The practice of vetoing bills is currently non-existent in the Senate, but that could very change for all we know. Two equally powerful chambers existing alongside one another has caused deadlocks in many countries. Better abolish now or risk having a non functioning government in the future.

Submitted by Anonymous on November 05, 2020 - 8:17 PM

Being as the provincial governments do not have an upper house and govern adequately and the vast majority of Canadians really only care about the House of Commons, the existence of an upper in Canada is utterly redundant

Submitted by Josie Fogal on November 04, 2020 - 2:32 PM

Not sure that it should be abolished outright, but there must be a mechanism for accountability. For example, Lynn Beyak, needs to be removed from the senate completely. She's an embarrassment, but Canadians have no way of effecting her removal.

Submitted by Anonymous on November 01, 2020 - 12:29 AM

Abolish this undemocratic waste of space and government dollars. The senate serves no purpose in our modern parliamentary government and the senators do not answer to the will of the people. The senate serves to function for itself and its cronies abolish this bloat of our legislative system.

Submitted by Nicki on October 30, 2020 - 7:54 PM

It's 2020. We cannot call ourselves a democracy when senators who have power over law are not appointed democratically. As a result we are paying $157,000 dollars of taxpayer money a year to someone who is a residential school denier and made an illegal campaign donation to Trump. Canada needs to get up with the times and abolish the senate.

Submitted by William rempel on October 05, 2020 - 2:28 AM

yes we should abolish the squabbling over paid senate committee altogether. it's a waste of time and money. money that can be better used elsewhere.

Submitted by Josh Pozzolo on September 09, 2020 - 8:19 PM

The senate is supposed to be a house of somber second thought, and the absence of the need to campaign potentially allows the members to focus on justice and what's best for Canada, and the world. This is a good idea. What isn't a good idea is for partisanship to enter the senate, and all senators should take a vow to eschew political membership as long as they serve. The senate should NOT be partisan and it should function without concern for local constituents. The senate could become a vibrant source of ideas and dialogue, but much needs to change for that to occur.

Submitted by Joseph on June 27, 2020 - 1:11 AM

Abolish the useless tax payers waste of money, I especially know of tax evading senators, get rid of all of them.

Submitted by Abolish ignorance on July 08, 2020 - 12:03 AM

The power bestowed to Senators serves to preserve Canadian values in the long-run. Also, remember that the then-elected government elected them, and note, that most of these Senators are currently independent parties. Moreover, there is absolutely nothing you can do about since changes to the Senate have been restricted by the Supreme Court in 2013, thus requiring amendments to the Canadian constitution. Therefore, unless you get most provinces' consent, there will be no abolishment for you.

We are lucky to have a very competent bureaucracy with many experts on a wide array of fields comparable to other G7 countries. Experts such as lawyers, economists, strategists, political scientists know how to spend your tax dollars better than you can articulate.

So, if you want to spend your tax dollars your way, I challenge you to save it all together instead and move to countries with no income tax such as Kuwait, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, and Brunei.

Submitted by Marvin Pomarenski on April 16, 2020 - 11:15 PM

Save Canadian taxpayers millions..
Do not see they do much ever and their jobs can be done by others. We don't hear from them. Even with this covid 19 no word from them. And being old does not make you wise. I think Canadian tax payers should have a referendum on this issue. Only time you hear about Senators is when they do something
un lawful or bad misusing their expense accounts or not living where they claim.

Submitted by Laurey Stolk on January 07, 2020 - 3:29 PM

Please abolish the senate - they serve no purpose in our current society- the “sober second thought” days are long behind these people, who collect large salaries and perks without providing any benefit to Canada

Submitted by Bernard Aybout on January 07, 2020 - 5:59 AM

Senators are not elected and serve until retirement, yet they can defeat bills that the people have approved in the House of Commons. This is a terrible, undemocratic way of governance and must be abolished.

Submitted by Cindy on November 27, 2019 - 11:30 PM

My tax dollars can not be continued to support Senate and Senators such like Lynn Beyek. I find it disgraceful that a woman with such vile views remains in senate on my dime. If she represents what senate is..please abolish this with these highly paid and unelected folk.
Thank you