So much talk of politics. As it is the most popular topic at the moment, I thought I would throw out this idea I've had for an elected Senate.
I believe that the House of Commons, in itself, does what it is supposed to do, in terms of representation. Everyone's vote is worth the same. But since their is so much talk of under representation to the regions of the country with less people, a triple E senate, I believe, would cure a number of problems of national unity. My model, though not quite triple E, would also provide the provinces with more power at a federal level, so, hopefully, this would bring about the killing of two birds, while also acting as a balance to the power of the reigning party.
Here's how it goes:
- Every province elects 8 senators, representing an equal geographic area. This will result in 80 senators.
- Every territory elects a senator, representing the whole territory. This will result in 3 senators, and 83 in total.
- Every provincial and territorial government dispatches a deputy to sit in the senate, to represent and promote the will of their respective governments. This will result in 13 senators, and 96 in total.
- Each party represented in the House of Commons dispatches one deputy to sit in the senate, to promote the will of their party. Under the last government, this would result in 4 senators, bringing the grand total to 100 senators.
- All elected senators are independent candidates. The original senators were ment to provide a sober second thought, and being free from party lines will better allow that.
- Senators will be elected through first past the post. Given how they are independent, proportional balloting I don't believe would work.
- If the senate did have a party system and proportional representation, would it not be just a more or less carbon copy of the house?
That's the base of it; it still needs to be fleshed out, but that's my idea.