Today I had the opportunity to participate in a discussion of Senate Reform at the Manning Foundation‘s Symposium on the Senate: Whither the Senate? Reform, Abolish or Status Quo? Alongside my fellow Alberta elected Senator Betty Unger, I spoke on the topic of Senator-led initiatives to improve the Senate.
As Albertans may know, earlier this summer I introduced my 7-Point Action Plan to improve accountability, transparency and public engagement in the Senate. It’s a series of simple and practical steps that would help the chamber regain the public’s trust and prevent future abuses.
Throughout the day, we a heard a variety of promising reform proposals. I am confident, now more than ever, that Canadians want to see more democracy in their Parliament, not less.
Recap of the proposals discussed during the symposium (© Manning Foundation)