The all knowing provincial premiers, having examined Harper’s senate reform plans, are now stating that approval must first be obtained from the Canadian people before any “reforming” can begin. CanWest reports,
I see the Cons have found a new smoke and mirrors issue they hope will detract from the F’s they keep receiving on international scales of government competency in policy development and execution. Any decision to reform the Senate or our election systems is definitely a referendum issue. This would be a historic change in our country’s governing systems and if there is one thing Canadians care deeply about it is how effectively, fairly, and honestly their government functions.
It is no different than the issue of proportional representation changes to our election systems like MMP or STV. Any serious potential transformations to these systems must first be supported by the majority of Canadians through a referendum. Any change would be a very serious undertaking and must be thoroughly debated by Canadians, first at their dinner tables and then through formal polls.
Angus Reid’s latest online poll indicates Canadians think the Dion attack ad hurts Harper more than it hurts Dion. To be honest, I am very hesitant about even quoting/linking online polls, but it’s a new poll and it goes with my post so here goes,