Many people are asking themselves the same question, in letters to the Editors of Canada's national newspapers and in blogs and chatrooms all over the Internet. "Why does CANADA'S NEW GOVERNMENT have such a HATE-ON for Canada?
Well dear reader, its very simple. Canadian institutions like the Senate have, for over 140 years, protected Canada from uncanadian policies and principles, particularly those introduced by over-reaching minority governments. And it does this and many other important functions for less than 1/4 the cost of the elected House.
How? Because Senators are unelected. Typically they're experienced Parliamentarians or other cultural figures who have earned their place in the Senate by appointment, and as such the Senate is actually made up of a better cross-section of Canadians than the so called "House of Commons".
There they meet in committee to debate, discuss and study the often poorly written bills passed by the House in order to catch mistakes, offer interpretations on those bills before they are enacted as Laws and thereby help the judicial system and nation as a whole to use these pieces of legislation.
The first fallacy most people have about Canada's Senate is that we'd save money and get better, broader representation if it were either abolished or reformed.
The facts are that making Canada's Senate an elected body would double the costs of the institution while making the opinions more vulnerable to external funding and lobbying (Senators would need to spend nearly half their time raising funds for re-election).
Limiting the terms would give current Governments more ability to stack the Senate with partisan cronies reflecting their limited term desires, rather than experienced Canadians free to protect historic Canadian values.
The fact that Prime Minister Harper wants to reform or abolish the Senate is proof of its necessity. Would he be complaining if it did what he wanted?
The real problems with the Senate are best exemplified by Mr Harper himself, a person with such loathing for Canadian Institutions like the Senate that he appointed an unelectable, lazy person to the Senate so he could have a Montreal point man that he could then appoint to the Government's Cabinet as Minister for Public Works - while benefiting from "Senator" Michael Fortier's criticisms of the Senate that because he's a lazy twit who rarely shows up to vote in the Senate chambers that its proof the body is useless.
Why does "Canada's New Government", elected on a platform of openness, honesty, accountability and a desire to Stand Up For Canada, have such a "HATE-ON" for Canada?
The answer is clear dear reader, because they're not really that concerned about Canada. And that level of hypocracy is far too similar to the Bush-style politics of the Republican party for our comfort. And in case you've missed the point, you should know that the same advisors that got George W Bush into the White House were hired by Harper to help them become "Canada's New Government".
God help us all!