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Survey Results on my 7-Point Plan

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Seven in ten Canadians don’t believe that the Senate performs a useful and necessary political function, according to a recent poll by Ipsos Reid. In 2014, the Senate needs to improve its performance and do a better job at communicating its important role and work to Canadians.

To accomplish this, I outlined a 7-Point Plan to help the Senate improve its relationship with Canadians. It consisted of seven practical steps intended to make the Senate a more accountable and transparent body. As you know, I’m a big supporter of Senate reform, and I believe that the steps outlined in this plan will help get the ball rolling on introducing meaningful change to the Upper Chamber.

Over the last few months, I reached out to Canadians over social media and through my website to find out what points mattered the most to you. Through a short online survey, I asked people to rank the points in order of importance. Next week I’ll give an update on where we’re at right now in implementing these steps, but today I’d like to share some of the findings from the survey.

Survey Summary

85 people completed the survey.

Top 3 steps identified as the MOST important priority:

  1. Add external members to its audit committee, as is done in the UK’s House of Lords .
    20 (23.53%) respondents selected this as the most important priority.
  2. Clearly define “Senate Business” in its expense policies.
    17 (20%) respondents selected this as the most important priority.
  3. Webcast live video of debate in the Senate Chamber.
    14 (16.47%) respondents selected this as the most important priority.

Top 3 steps identified as the LEAST important priority:

  1. Launch a two-way dialogue with Canadians.
    37 (43.53%) respondents selected this as the least important priority.
  2. Webcast live video of debate in the Senate chamber.
    19 (22.35%) respondents selected this as the least important priority.
  3. Support legislation that would prevent MPs and Senators convicted of serious crimes from receiving the public portion of their parliamentary pensions.
    11 (12.94%) respondents selected this as the least important priority.

Total Results

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