Senate Survey shows resounding results


March 21, 2013


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From Saugeen Times' recent survey on the Canadian Senate, the results were resounding ... "abolish the Senate".

Survey Results Is it time to change or abolish the Senate of Canada  Read More

Almost 90 per cent of respondents were in favour of doing away with an appointed Senate, many citing it a waste of money.

Some expressed that they felt the Senate was a throw-back in time.   "... another legacy of an antique British governing system..." said one respondent.

Also, out of the survey however, came other suggestions for an elected Senate.  One respondent felt that there should be three elected senators from each province and territory for a six-year term.

Still others feel it is time to change the entire system, calling the existing one a 'buddy system' where senators are perceived as collecting money for very little work.

The history of the Canadian Senate began when it was formed in 1867 based on the British House of Lords.  It consists of 105 members appointed on the 'recommendations' of the sitting Prime Minister.  Seats are appointed on a regional basis, with each of the four major regions of Ontario, Quebec, the Maritime provinces and the Western provinces having 24 seats.

Senators, who under the appointment system can serve until the age of 75, sit in what is know as the 'red chamber', a lavishly decorated hall divided by a centre aisle with chairs and desks on each side.  Each Senator makes a basic salary of $132,300 annually with extra 'compensations'.

It appears from the survey that the 'compensations' being collected and the perceived lack of work are a definite 'bone of contention' with people.

The ordinary 'working person' in Canada is struggling -

  • being taxed on everything ... gas, property, retail purchases, restaurant meals, income, etc.

  • the ordinary 'working person' is not receiving a cost of living increase to keep pace with price increases on the basics of life

  • the ordinary working person is often working two or three part-time jobs just to keep his/her head above water

  • many ordinary working people have no benefits and no pension funds


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Is it any wonder that the ordinary working person feels animosity toward a senate whose 'appointed' members appear to do little and who, apparently, have been trying to cheat the system (and therefore the Canadian people) every chance they get?

If the ordinary person even tried to do what some senators have, they would quickly be penalized and punished.

Surveys are meant to indicate results based on popular beliefs ... this one was no different.

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