April 25, 2014 1:33 pm

Alberta minister calls for democratic foundation to Senate

EDMONTON – An Alberta cabinet minister says the province wants a democratic foundation to the Canadian Senate and thinks other provinces should do the same.

The comment from Intergovernmental Relations Minister Cal Dallas follow’s Friday’s Supreme Court’s ruling on the federal government’s push to clean up the scandal-plagued Senate.

The high court shot down Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s proposals, saying federal plans to impose terms limits on senators and to create an election process for choosing nominees can’t be done by Ottawa alone.

Dallas released the following statement to Global News:

“Albertans have long advocated for a Senate that is elected, effective and equal. Our successful experiences with Senate nominee elections over two decades have resulted in five of these nominees being appointed to the Senate. We continue to seek a democratic foundation to the Senate and think other provinces should do the same.”

Dallas adds that the Supreme Court’s opinion will help Alberta assess the path forward.

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