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’20 for 2020’ ... those wishing to lead government in the BC legislature, should insist on there being a Tripe “E” Senate

The Canadian Senate

Today is a change of plans from what I had intended on day number eighteen of ’20 for 2020’, and it was inspired after a post which I wrote yesterday regarding, regarding the BC Green Party still receiving extra government funds, after the leave taking of former leader Andrew Weaver.

The post was picked up by the Armchair Mayor, where I am identified as ... a Kamloops resident and former member of the Reform Party of Canada and the B.C. Reform Party, and a past and current member of the BC Conservative Party.

An individual named Joey Thomas, rather than actually commenting on the story, instead stated ... ‘A former reform party member? No thanks. How's the whole triple E senate thing going Al?’

So, yah ... I have never reversed my thoughts that Preston Manning, and the Reform Parties, call to have a Triple E Senate should become reality.  That is why I responded by stating:

“You find it a joke that ANY Prime Minister can be the determiner of who goes into the Senate, rather than them being democratically elected?

You find it democratic that Prince Edward Island, with a population of only 157 thousand people has 4 Senators, while BC with over 5 million has only 6?

You don't believe it should be effective?

A triple E Senate is the only way it can be a democratic institution, and it's a pity you can't seem to understand that”.

If you were not already aware, of the inequality shown with the example of Prince Edward Island, let me also enlighten you to the fact that New Brunswick has 10 senators ... Newfoundland / Labrador has 6 ... while Nova Scotia also has 10.  This means that including Prince Edward Island, the Maritime provinces have a total of 30 senators.

... all for a population or roughly two and a half million people.

Meantime regionally in Western Canada, as I already indicated, BC has 6 ... as does Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba – a total of 24 individuals, for Western Canada, are sitting in the Senate.


Image from the Canada Guide
Now before anyone decides to give me a history lesson, YES, I realize that the Senate, in it’s original make-up, was intended (at least in part) to reflect the four regions of the country – Ontario, Quebec, the Maritime provinces, and the West.  Still however, in part that was due to population – and the population in Western Canada, back then, was indeed much lower that that of the other three regions.

NOT ANYMORE – far from it!

So, on day number 18 of “20 for 2020” comes a renewed demand that those wishing to lead government in the BC legislature, should insist on there being a Tripe “E” Senate.

If we truly believe in democracy, it is only fair, and it is right!

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Here are the suggestions, to this point, on “20 for 2020” – I hope you’ll check them out if you have missed any:

#3 … there should be a full review of all license costs and fees, which the provincial government has imposed upon us, to see where and how they are being used










#17 ... reconfigure all government ministries, to more closely align them in sensible groupings, or singular entities

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