Statement on Senate Reform
Mr. Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the triple E Senate is just the latest in a string of Conservative Party principles jettisoned in the interest of political expediency. Who says so? Premier Christy Clark, Premier Brad Wall, Premier Dalton McGuinty and now Roger Gibbins of the Canada West Foundation say so.
Despite election promises, the Prime Minister has abandoned real reform and undermined accountability by stuffing the Senate chock-full of Conservative packs and flacks and bagmen.
The party president, campaign manager, chief fundraiser, even the Prime Minister's press secretary, the whole Conservative Party war room is now doing partisan work on the public payroll and it is a disgrace.
Never mind triple E, this is a triple U Senate, unelected, unaccountable, undemocratic and an expensive waste of $90 million a year.
The Conservatives got rid of the penny but left in place an even more outdated and obsolete Canadian institution. It is not a help, it is a hindrance to democracy, it is beyond repair, it is beyond reform and it should be abolished.