REFORM THE CANADIAN SENATE NOW!!!!

REFORM THE CANADIAN SENATE NOW!!!!

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Hi everyone, my name is Cooper, I am a sports management student sports management and political science student at Brock University. I have been studying politics for quite a while now.

The Problem
If there is one thing that I would want to change most about the system of government and in our great country of Canada would be our terrible Senate. The Senate is so undemocratic and it's unbelievable that it's been around for this long and has a very big impact in our life because it is a legislative chamber but no one talks about it. Let me start off with the first reason, it is not voted on because it's appointed by whoever is the current Prime Minister. That Prime Minister can nominate whoever the hell they want because there's no confirmation process it just is a nomination by the Prime Minister it automatically happens. So whenever a senator either turns 75, that senator either has to retire or the person retires early or the person just dies before turning 75. Also, unlike any other country to my knowledge has Senate regions as you can see in the picture each group has 24 senators except for the northern territories which have one each and Newfoundland has 6. I don't understand why Nova Scotia and New Brunswick need 10 senators each. But, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan who have a higher population than each of them only get 6 this seems like mistreatment towards the western provinces. Which should get equal treatment in my mind but they very clearly don't. there are so many other problems with this map and if the current government cared all about representing all their citizens fairly/equally. They would have changed it a along time ago.

The Solution
What I would recommend doing is creating a Senate where each of the provinces get two senators each of the territories still get one each. This senate would be a lot more democratic because you would actually vote for your senator. Theoretically, these senators would have six-year terms and be able to serve only two to ensure the senator is not holding onto power for too long and sucking money out of the federal government. Also unlike in our current Senate, they will be allowed to form parties, caucuses and have a Majority and Minority Leader. Wouldn't it be nice to actually have some sort of control and power over who's representing you, I would think so. Even though, this would mean we would have much smaller senate. Wouldn't that actually better because wouldn’t it mean less taxpayer-funded government Salaries to about 80 people plus their staff.  

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