Senate serves no practical purpose, should be abolished

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To the Editor:

The recent anguished attention belabouring the unfortunate state of the archaic senate of Canada has been consuming much time and attention.

Should it be reformed or abolished? Abolished of course, since it serves no practical purpose except as a reward system for party sympathizers and donors.

Established at a time when present-day Canada did not exist, it is replete with inequalities, and while constitutional enshrinement at the time seemed a safeguard, in the present atmosphere it is an unfortunate shackle lacking present-day reality and common sense.

How should we deal with this impediment? If Mr. Harper is sincere in tackling this conundrum as he once was wearing his reform cloak, I suggest a simple solution: Rather than continue with his orgy of ill-advised Senate appointments, stop! Stop all appointments. Ask the Liberals to do the same.

Due to attrition, the red chamber will soon be empty, and the last aggrandized denizen will shamble off into well-deserved obscurity. Problem solved.

With the red chamber now empty, it may be turned into a museum, recalling its unequal, unelected, undisciplined and inglorious past.

Larry Ewashen