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A Short Path to Revitalized Federalism

Council of the Federation by Tom Kent

In this brief paper, Tom Kent argues that an elected Senate is an urgent need, too important to remain unrealized because federal and provincial politicians cannot agree on the constitutional issues required for full reform. Kent argues that this issue is given new urgency by the creation of the Council of the Federation, which is supposed to revitalize the Canadian federation and build a new era of constructive and cooperative federalism.

Kent argues there is another way,besides amending the Constitution, to implement Senate reform. He suggests the Prime Minister should cede his power his power to make Senate appointments, and that legislation be created to provide for federally organized elections to fill Senate vacancies. Kent argues that federalism will be weakened unless a method is developed to ensure that effective representation of Canada’s diversities is brought to bear within the internal working of Canada’s federal government.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Tom Kent;
Publisher: Institute for Research on Public Policy [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2004; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Public Administration / Democratic Reform
Policy Articles / Public Administration / Democratic Reform / 2004
Policy Articles / Public Administration


Keywords / Tags:

senate reform; constitutional barriers; elected Senate; Prime Minister's patronage power; federal Senate elections;