Prime Minister Stephen Harper appears to be driving hard to reform the Senate. His ‘Senate Reform Act’ contains two measures which will significantly alter the Senate as Canadians know it: term limits and elections. As it stands now, Senators are appointed by the Governor-General (but essentially picked by the Prime Minister) and can serve until they reach the age of 75. This means a 30+ year appointment for somebody like Newfoundland and Labrador’s Fabian Manning – who was appointed to the Senate in his mid 40’s. Harper’s reforms will alter the rules to have Senators elected by each province, and limited to 9 year non-renewable terms. There is resistance to the bill from some provinces who insist that the changes require constitutional amendments which in turn means the provinces have to be on board. Resistance is even coming from Conservative Senators who say the reforms will only serve to further polarize and politicize the upper chamber. The act will at least take until the end of the Fall session of Parliament to be anywhere near passing.
CBC Radio interviews Indy editor Hans Rollmann
By TheIndependent.ca ● Daily Indygestion ● August 6, 2013 July 15, 2022
Rollmann's recent column "Owning up to a Big problem" struck a chord with many in Labrador, and on the island as well.
CO2 levels rise to unprecedented highs in human history
By TheIndependent.ca ● Daily Indygestion ● August 4, 2013 July 15, 2022
For the first time in human history, atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) reached a concentration of 400 parts per million in early May. But the mainstream…
Penashue dodges CBC reporter’s question … again
By TheIndependent.ca ● Daily Indygestion ● April 6, 2013 July 15, 2022
On March 5 CBC reporter Peter Cowan asked former Labrador MP Peter Penashue how donation errors were made in his 2011 campaign. Penashue dodged the…