Elimination of the Canadian Senate
The Senate of Canada is a component of the Parliament along with the House of Commons, and the Governor General’s office. The Senate was set up to bring a "sober second thought" to the process of Canada’s Parliamentary system. It was intended to "check" abuses of power between governing bodies within the Parliament. Nonetheless, it has become a total drain on our country. Besides the expense, the Senate is undemocratic and unaccountable. It has served no useful purpose over the decades other than to add a useless layer of unnecessary bureaucracy. The government wants to fix it up by the Triple-E Senate method, an acronym for equal, elected, and effective compared to the current status quo where individuals are appointed to the Senate by the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister’s office. We can barely afford the House of Commons. Its annual cost to tax payers is three and a half billion dollars. Another such elected political body in Canada would kill us, and in fact, we can no longer afford the Senate at all. It’s an outdated institution which acts simply as a retainer for patronage. Being appointed to the Senate means winning the cash-for-life lottery for its 105 members. The average senators earns $132,300 a year as a base salary, serves until age 75, and sat in the Senate for a total of fewer than 70 days in 2010. In 2008-2009, the Senate cost taxpayers over $90 million to maintain. And the cost keeps rising with the country’s growing deficit and debt so for 2011 it was probably over a 100 million dollars or so. Eliminating it will speed up change, stop political payback for the ruling parties, and lead to more democratic politics in Canada. If we reform it, as being discussed currently, I fear it will triple the cost and half what little effectiveness there is in our parliamentary system
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If you’ve read, The Separation of Market and State, C-eu-r-i-j-usa, Global Democracy,The Planned Economy, The State of Nature, The Scarf State, Bureausclerosis, Obama's Mandate,The Trouble With American Capitalism, The Gold Standard, Liberty and Equalitarianism, Welfare Democracy,Demomatosis, The Path to The White House, Nonlinear Thinking and others, you understand that the public sectors being debt free is a moral imperative for society. The reason for this is simple, and as I’ve explained many times in many places, if a company becomes inefficient and corrupted with things like uncompetitive labor costs, graft-patronage, bureaucracy, nepotism and mediocre leadership, their bankruptcy, no matter how big they are, does not effect civil authority, culture, society or law and order. It often doesn’t even cause that much unemployment because a phoenix often arises from the ashes of the bankrupt company and re-employs many of the ex-workers; it does cause, of course, a lot of suffering for individuals, especially the former employees on company pensions who find that they’re going to have much less money monthly than they had planned on. However, when a whole society and nation suffers economic bankruptcy, there is blood in the streets. It could lead, as it did in the early thirties of the last century in Germany, to the most unfortunate consequences. People die. Fiat paper-money policy is as bad as fascism because it eventually – given enough decades – results in fascism. By which we mean, Nazism, Imperialism, Communism, autocracy and any form of tyranny. Democracies are fascist states in waiting when they run deficits, allow public unions to dictate pensions benefits, pay for labor at rates beyond the private sector, allow social welfare costs to outstrip budgets and give police, fire and emergency personal pensions and benefits that would immediately bankrupt private companies. We must use self restraint or our democracies in the West will fall.
The Senate is the upper house of Parliament, indeed, as a matter of analogy it is the house of least resistance. It almost never rejects bills passed by the directly elected MPs of the House of Commons. The Canadian government is responsible wholly to the House of Commons. The Prime Minister stays in office only while they retain the confidence of the House of Commons. The Senate does not exercise any such authority. Nearly all government bills originate in the House. Under the Constitution, money bills must originate in the House of Commons, i.e., the important stuff. You can see at once, the real game in town is only in the House not the Senate. Let’s take action: it’s time for the complete elimination of the Senate. Phone your MP. Write a letter to their office. Dare we start a petition? Influencing Ottawa is just so difficult, hey, send them this link, that’s a start.
A beakdown of the Senate expensives.