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Unformatted text preview: This article was downloaded by: [188.8.131.52] On: 21 November 2011, At: 18:03 Publisher: Routledge Informa Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number: 1072954 Registered office: Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK The Journal of Legislative Studies Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/fjls20 The Canadian Senate: Chamber of Sober Reflection or Loony Cousin Best Not Talked About David C. Docherty Available online: 08 Sep 2010 To cite this article: David C. Docherty (2002): The Canadian Senate: Chamber of Sober Reflection or Loony Cousin Best Not Talked About, The Journal of Legislative Studies, 8:3, 27-48 To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/714003922 PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR ARTICLE Full terms and conditions of use: http://www.tandfonline.com/page/terms-and-conditions This article may be used for research, teaching, and private study purposes. Any substantial or systematic reproduction, redistribution, reselling, loan, sub-licensing, systematic supply, or distribution in any form to anyone is expressly forbidden. The publisher does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents will be complete or accurate or up to date. The accuracy of any instructions, formulae, and drug doses should be independently verified with primary sources. The publisher shall not be liable for any loss, actions, claims, proceedings, demand, or costs or damages whatsoever or howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly in connection with or arising out of the use of this material. The Canadian Senate: Chamber of Sober Reflection or Loony Cousin Best Not Talked About DAVID C. DOCHERTY The Canadian Senate has been the object of much debate and scorn. An appointed body, the Senate has never successfully fulfilled its original purposes, namely to be a voice for regional and propertied interests. Its anti-democratic foundations have made the Senate easy prey for public cynicism, despite the fact that its appointed members are more reflective of the Canadian population than the elected members of House of Commons. There have been many attempts at Senate reform in the past quarter- century, none of which have been implemented. This article argues that most attempts at Senate reform have failed because they have been linked to larger constitutional reform packages. The best hope for change to the structure of the Senate lies in smaller, incremental moves that do not require amending the Canadian constitution. To say the Canadian Senate is a much maligned body would be at best a clich and more objectively an understatement. It represents and embodies some of the most anti-democratic features of representative assemblies....
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