February 10, 2013
Ahead of the Curve
NDP called to
abolish the senate in the early 80s
Submitted by Richard Harrington, Chwk
is being made right now in the national media about the
controversies surrounding several members of the "Appointed" Senate.
Some people are right now stating that it is overdue that the Senate
The Federal NDP
made this one of their central issues back in 1984. I know, because
I was the Federal NDP candidate in Niagara Falls.
We had two
central issues that we were instructed to comment on at every
One issue was the illogical fact that retired MPS received large
pensions after only eight years in service. Their pensions should be
geared to the number of years of service, much like it is in all
other sectors of society. We were ignored on this issue.
The second issue was a call for the complete elimination of the
unelected Senate. Everyone knows that the Canadian Senate is copied
after the old British "House of Lords", where wealthy individuals
are rewarded for their loyal service to the governing party. This
patronage system is funded totally by the taxpayers of Canada.
We felt then, and
I feel now, that this system is undemocratic, completely unnecessary
and should be eliminated immediately.
In 1984, despite the fact that we made this a central issue across
Canada, the national media ignored us, and therefore the local media
across the country ignored us. I recall going on the local radio
station and focused on this Senate issue. The radio moderator did
his best to cut me off and to switch the conversation to other
Now, all of a sudden, everyone and their cousins are jumping on the
bandwagon.Where were these people twenty-nine years ago?
It seems that the
NDP ( as they often are) were thirty-years beyond the times.
Once the national
media and local medias begin to catch up with the NDP – they may
just discover a revelation – that the NDP can be looked at as an
entity that indeed does predict the future for the betterment of us
Are we now going
to wait another thirty-years before anything is done on this issue?
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