Back in early January, the Prime Minister of Canada appointed seven new senators. These included, Ottawa police Chief Vern White whose appointment became effective last week, Asha Seth who is also from Ontario, Alberta elected senators, Betty Unger and Bert Brown. Also appointed were JoAnne Buth from Manitoba, Norman Doyle from Newfoundland and Labrador, Gislain Maltais from Quebec, and Jean-Guy Dagenais also from Quebec, who must first pass the requirement that senators own property in their home province or territory before he can take his seat in the nation’s body of “sober second thought.”
Whether we can afford to be putting more high-paid “sober” thinkers on the payroll is one thing. I’m not sure you or your neighbour will feel the benefits of this when you go to pick up your tax return this year. I’m sure the people living on fixed incomes such as Canada pensions aren’t going to want to think about what those senators amassed during their careers before becoming paid from the public purse.
What is truly galling is the promise the Conservative party gave to Canadians nearly a decade ago, that it would abolish the senate.
And miss out on the opportunity to reward the party faithful?
Not very likely.