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Tuesday, June 11, 2013


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Jim Whyte

A sensible position. I would add that Brown's comment about representing the interests of the provinces is historically illiterate constitutional gangsta rap. The Senate was meant to represent property, not province; provinces had their own legislatures for all provincial concerns.

To admit that one level of government has the right and duty to take decisions on what the other level does would also mean that the national government should do the same...maybe, oh, I dunno, by having a Legislative Council of the pre-Confederation type appointed by the GG-in-Council? Try that one on for size, Bert.

And don't suppose that the powers of reservation and disallowance were the national counterpoise to the Senate "representing" provincial interests. That, to quote an avatar of provincial rights, was to "secure that no injustice be done in provincial legislation".

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