The Democratic Dilemma: Reforming the Canadian Senate

The Democratic Dilemma: Reforming the Canadian Senate

by Jennifer Smith


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781553391906
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2009
Series: Queen's Policy Studies Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Smith is professor of political science, Dalhousie University.

Table of Contents

Foreword v

Notes on Contributors vii

1 Introduction Jennifer Smith 1

The Senate of Canada: Historical Background

2 The Senate of Canada and the Conundrum of Reform David E. Smith 11

3 Harmonizing Regional Representation with Parliamentary Government: The Original Plan Janet Ajzenstat 27

4 Federal Second Chambers Compared Ronald L. Watts 35

5 Harper's Senate Reform: An Example of Open Federalism? Nadia Verrelli 49

Constitutionality of the Federal Government's Approach to Change

6 Bill C-20: Faulty Procedure and Inadequate Solution (Testimony before the Legislative Committee on Bill C-20, House of Commons, 7 May 2008) Ronald L. Watts 59

7 Whither 91.1? The Constitutionality of Bill C-19: An Act to Limit Senate Tenure Don Desserud 63

8 Constitutional Doubts about Bill C-20 and Senatorial Elections Andrew Heard 81

9 Senate Reform: What Does the Constitution Say? John Whyte 97

Content of the Federal Government's Proposed Changes

10 Anticipating the Consequences of Bill C-20 Stephen Michael MacLean 113

11 Assessing Senate Reform through Bill C-19: The Effects of Limited Terms for Senators Andrew Heard 117

12 The Constitutionality of Bill C-20 Vincent Pouliot 141

13 Bill C-20's Populist Model of Campaign Finance for Senate Elections: The First Step Away from Canada's Egalitarian Regime? Peter Aucoin 145

14 Senate Reform: What Does Bill C-20 Mean for Women? Louise Carbert 153

How Necessary is Senate Reform?

15 Senate Reform as a Risk to Take, Urgently Tom Kent 167

16 Senate Reform and Democratic Legitimacy: Beyond Stasis Senator Hugh Segal 173

17 Thoughts on Senate Reform Lorna R. Marsden 185

Appendix 189

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