Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Why Canada Needs An Elected Senate Just Like America's

"Washington is broken." - Barack Obama

Looking at the Canadian Senate in isolation might motivate many to question it, but compared to the American Senate, Canadians should be proud of their upper chamber.

Besides the fact that googling "Ottawa is broken" brings zero related results, the American Senate is so dysfunctional quite a few of its members, like former Senators Olivia Snowe and Evan Bayh, have actually quit, citing that the American institution is just too broken.

From the McCarthy hearings in the 1950s to bringing the world's largest economy to the brink of collapse in the fiscal crisis of 2011, the American Senate with its elected, hyperpartisan, populist, corporate-funded members has only continued to weaken our southern neighbour's government, if not completely imperiling it.

Canadians may want to have an elected Senate like our American neighbours, but before we decide, maybe we should actually listen to our American neighbours.
"The Senate - and, therefore, the U.S. government as a whole - has become ominously dysfunctional." - Paul Krugman, economist and author. 

"Our Senate is broken." - The Rachel Maddow Show, on how fewer and fewer bills pass in the American Senate.

"The Senate wasn’t created to be efficient. It was created to be inefficient.” - Alexander Lamar, Republican Senator from Tennessee.

"Compromise isn't something we do around here anymore." - Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader

"The Senate doesn't function anymore." - Lindsey Graham, Republican Senator from South Carolina

"Washington is broken." - Olivia Snowe, former Republican Senator from Maine.

"Washington is broken." - Evan Bayh, former Democrat Senator from Indiana.

"Washington is broken." - Barack Obama, as candidate for US President.

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