PM filling 18 senate seats by Christmas
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper will fill up to 18 vacant seats in the Senate before Christmas, Sun Media has learned.
A senior Conservative official said the government remains committed to advancing the cause of Senate reform, but said it has made little progress since the Tories took power in 2006. With the threat of a Liberal-NDP coalition supported by the Bloc Quebecois toppling the government early in the new year, Harper will appoint a slate of Senators who must promise to step down if and when Canada moves to an elected selection process.
So, I guess Lizzy May will have to go back to the drawing board.
The senior Conservative said while Harper has signalled his intention to fill the Senate seats if legislation was stalled or blocked, recent speculation about putting appointees like Green Party Leader Elizabeth May or separatist selections from Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe into the red chamber have triggered the urgency.
“It would be even more undemocratic to have an unelected coalition government fill Senate vacancies so we will proceed prior to Christmas,” the official said.
Good move by the PM, appoint those senators only until an elected senator takes their place. What can the opposition say now? Watch them whine!