Editor: Re: Reforming government. Hardly a day went by in 2013 when reports of the Senate of Canada (the place of sober second thought) scandal and corruption were not in the news. Extremely unfortunate as there are many parliamentarians who are dedicated and hard-working, the actions of a few tarnished all with the same dirty brush.
So I am thinking of reforming not just the Senate of Canada but the House of Commons and the senior management of government as well.
First, we fire 50 per cent of the members of Parliament.
Second, we introduce recall legislation.
Third, we fire all senators and abolish the Senate of Canada as we know it today. In its place we appoint all citizens of Canada of voting age as unpaid senators. Legislation would continue to be introduced, debated and voted on in the House of Commons then would go to the new and improved Senate, the people of Canada, for review and a vote, just like a referendum. Votes would take place electronically thereby improving efficiency and cost effectiveness. If the people, the new Senators of Canada agree, the bill would become law.
Fourth, we elect senior government officials, i.e. deputy ministers, heads of Crown corporations, commissioner of the RCMP, Parks Canada superintendents, CEO of Canada Post, chief of Defence Staff, and judges. Recall legislation will apply here also.
I can guarantee you that when the above takes place and when a government official’s paycheque is on the line you will see an awaking, improved efficiency, responsible decisions, cost savings, improved legislation, sound judgments, wise spending of tax dollars and people first policies.