Results for Hashtag #Senate

  • #senate reform

    Colleagues,

    I believe that the following article serves to provide useful context in relation to our leader’s stated desire to support Senate reform.

    Roadmap to Senate reform points in constitutional direction
    By: Chantal Hébert National Affairs, Published on Fri Nov 15 2013

    It is safe to assume that the roadmap to Senate…[Read more]

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  • Judith. Kellock posted a new activity comment 12 months ago

    In reply to: Judith. Kellock posted an update #women‘s opportunities–I have had news of an Ottawa-based job posting for a good communicator at the executive level. It is for women only. The work would seem to be both […] View

    #Senate: Ned Franks spoke this morning on CBC Sunday morning. If I have nderstood him, he said the Senate was created only for the benfit of a Canadian elite (those who owned land) and for the purpose of sober review of Comons proposed legislation. He believes it has become an instrument of the governing party for partisan purposes and as such,…[Read more]

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  • #senate Mac Harb just announced he has stepped down from the senate.
    He paid back over $230,000.00.
    I think it is important for the liberal party to make a statement on this matter.
    Emphasise the fact that Harb has saved the Canadian taxpayers 15 years of his salary.
    Ask if the conservative senators will do the same.

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    • I think that this would be unwise. Should we unequivocally support Harb regardless of the outcome of the police investigation? Additionally by stepping down he is saving the taxpayer only the difference between his salary and pension — about 10% — while reportedly protecting his pension.

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  • #Senate
    The house of “Sober Second Thought” amended private member’s bill C-377 today. This house does some good work.

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  • #senate #renewal
    In light of recent statements by JT and previous policy resolutions, we Liberal members should be having enthusiastic grassroots discussions to bring forward ideas that may eventually help to solve deficiencies in the Senate.
    One of the boldest measures that we could take would be to depoliticize the Senate. Senators should…[Read more]

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    • A lot of what you say sounds like a description of what the senate was suppose to be in the first place.

      No more party lines. From what I have been able to find only 2 prime ministers, PET and Paul Martin ,nominated people who were NOT in their party.

      I agree that the screening process must be completely overhauled.
      There must also be a limit…[Read more]

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    • I agree with pretty much all of your points. I would like this pool of candidates forwarded for consideration to be recommended by citizens but not via an election. Selected on merit of contribution and expertise in their region not politicians, media personalities, etc. NOt fundraising personalities but people from all walks of life that have…[Read more]

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  • #renewal #Senate

    I think that the Senate can be renewed without a Constitutional amendment.

    The vetting process can be done by the Provinces and Territories, than the PM can respect their process and recommend the selection to the Governor General.

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    • I think you are on the right track.
      Once upon a time the senate did prove to be a useful tool in government.
      The naming of senators has become a joke. If we can go back to the real purpose of the senate it would be wonderful.

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      • What I do not like is their are no longer First Minister’s conferences. The Senate should take its rightful role and represent the regions.

        Vetting process controlled from the PMO defeats its own purpose.

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        • I think it might be a good idea, to have preferential voting to choose MP’s for the House of Commons. In the Senate, use proportional representation to choose Senators. The Senate would have the power to delay a bill and force amendments, but not kill a bill. I think that would make parliament more reflective of the different views in Canada, …[Read more]

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  • #supporter #Senate reform.
    I am not sure if there are other members that feel the senate should be either abolished or an elected body.
    I am and have been a proud Liberal for many years and know senate reform is not on the Liberal agenda but I think it’s about time we look into this issue.
    I for one feel it’s an outdated requirement of a system…[Read more]

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    • I agree that the senate should be modernized. My preference would be for the senate to have equal representation from all provinces (say 10 each), plus one from each territory and maybe 4 seats for first nations (Metis and Inuit included). I would also suggest that it be the responsibility of the provincial governments to appoint their allocated…[Read more]

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  • Zachary Armstrong posted an update 3 years ago

    Maybe it’s because I’m relatively new to the Liberal Party (officially). Maybe it’s because I don’t understand the purpose of the convention. Or maybe it’s just that I expect more from the Liberal Party of Canada than most.

    I’ve now spent two evenings reading through the proposed resolutions for the upcoming Biennial Convention (#ottawa2012). On…[Read more]

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      Zachary said: “My personal favourite is the resolution forcing the LPC to keep an up to date #membership list. Uh, we weren’t doing that already? Seriously?!?!!”
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      The Party’s membership record-keeping system needs more work put into it. That takes money and…[Read more]

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      • Thanks for the history Doug. I was aware of the previous Renewal Comission, but not the more recent change commission.

        I think this issue is intertwined with the membership list issue. I think we’ve forgotten that, as a political party, we are primarily a movement of people. Therefore, keeping an accurate list of our members is absolutely crucial…[Read more]

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          Zachary said: “Apparently what we (members of the LPC) need are resolutions to take control of our party again….only then will we get the change we seek.”
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          Yes, but those resolutions don’t seem to have come forward yet.

          Resolutions for amending the Party…[Read more]

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    • Hi Zachary,

      Many new (and current) members including myself have come up with very similar conclusions and have commented, at length, as to how we would like the party to ‘evolve’.

      With the Biennial Convention coming up in January – we have a chance to elect new board members…so pick carefully…

      Cheers and welcome to the club.

      Phil

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      • Hi Zachary,
        I just want to provide a few points of clarification:
        – all resolutions have been submitted by Party members. This process started at the riding/club level, then went on to the provincial level, and the top resolutions from members were then submitted to the national office. The Party is composed of its members and they are the ones…[Read more]

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        • Thanks Andre for that clarification. I worked, very seriously, on those policies throughout the process, I think there were four meetings on which to vote for them. That said, that was then and this is now and May 2 changed everything. So many of the resolutions–even the ones I picked as my first or second choice–seem “silly” to me now as…[Read more]

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        • Thanks for your clarifications Andre. Perhaps I was a bit rash to use the word “silly” in my original post. My intent was not to demean the hard work that Liberals had done across the country.

          However, my point remains the same, this resolutions will not move the LPC, or Canada, forward. After reading Jennifer’s comments, I’m now left wondering…[Read more]

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        • Andre could you expand on how the constitutional amendments are brought forward to the Convention? Perhaps I’m confused by you comments, but I get the sense that proposals for constitutional amendments are separate from the Policy Resolutions currently available for discussion.

          Is any member permitted to submit a proposal, or does it follow the…[Read more]

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          • Hi Zachary,

            I’m glad you bring this up… we’re about to add additional information on the convention website precisely on this topic. You are correct in that policy resolutions are different from constitutional amendments – different purpose, different impacts, and different convention plenary.

            Policy resolutions deal specifically with various…[Read more]

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    • As André Brisebois pointed out in his reply below, Convention delegates will only be electing the National Board’s table officers (president, 2 VPs, Policy, and Membership). That’s five positions. The remaining 29 (of 34 positions) are appointed. If those filling the 29 positions remain pretty much the same, COnvention delegates have little…[Read more]

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    • I completely agree that a lot of these policies are either too vague or not really relevant. I also agree that this party has gotten too complicated and disorganized. I’ve been a member for 3 years now and have yet to receive my membership card (even after getting a hold of the party a few times). I guess I’m not on the list.

      As a former member…[Read more]

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      • Thanks for the encouragement Philip. I have considering the issue of becoming a delegate for the past couple of weeks. My main concern is that I may legitimately go insane if I find the convention to be a wasted opportunity.

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        • If it seems like it is top-down no room for bottom-up (i.e., Constitutional amendment ideas–we could work together on that here btw–not coming forward, etc) or the ex-officio delegates voting as a bloc en masse for something the general membership is against, or something like that, you could always find me and others of our “radical centre”…[Read more]

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        • @ Zach… any insanity picked uped during the Convention proceedings can be (mostly) dissolved when delegates get together at the end of the day for a bit of elbow-bending. Scotch is my fav. :)

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    • #communications These people don’t seem to have any grasp. On the other hand these policies are proposed by different goups, and are not sanitized. WHERE IS THIS LEADERSHIP?

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    • Hi Dale,
      Sorry for all for such a long comment…
      You are correct that members can inform the convention and policy process. As you know, this community forum is a broad forum that touches many different topics. It is read by considerably more individuals than those who post, in other words there are more unique visitors than “bloggers” so don’t…[Read more]

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