23 May 2008

What the hell is Gary Doer up to?

The NDP has consistently supported abolishing the Senate. The Manitoba NDP government is on record as agreeing. And yet they are planning on conducting province-wide hearings on how senators should be elected. Is this goofy or what? If they believe the Senate should be put out of its misery, why on earth are they acting to rejuvenate it?

The only argument with any merit in support of the Senate is that it equitably represents the regions. But equitable representation of the regions can be achieved with a proportional representation voting system and democracy greatly improved in the process. And the NDP claims to be a strong supporter of proportional representation. So why is Premier Doer pursuing the Conservative agenda of senate reform rather than the NDP agenda of proportional representation? He owes party members across the country an explanation.

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