Social Studies 30
Date Due: October 11th 2011
Canada’s government has always played a major role in today’s society, and will continue to forever. There are many key components to our government like the monarch represented by the governor general, the Prime Minister, and much more. The senate is defined as an assembly or council of citizens having the highest deliberative functions in a government of a nation. Our senate in Canada consists of one hundred and five members; these members are appointed by the governor general with the advice of the prime minister of Canada. The senate is the upper part of the government while the lower part is the House of Commons. Although the approval of both houses is necessary for legislation and laws to be passed, the Senate rarely will reject bills passed by the House of Commons. But this essay will discuss why we as Canadians need to reform the Senate.
In 1867, the Senate was introduced to Canadian culture when the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the British North America Act. Which united the Province of Canada (Ontario and Quebec) with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single federation, a Dominion called Canada. Canada’s first Prime Minister Sir John A MacDonald described the senate as a sober second thought. And that is why one may think that it is still necessary for the senate. It is known that it is in fact necessary for a senate reform just to make sure that we have that “sober second thought.” The thought of making there more or less senate positions would also help the reform of the senate because in ones opinion there may or may not be enough senators in the country. One might argue that there voice isn’t being heard through just ‘x’ amount of senate’s for their area.
The senate reformation has been an issue throughout Canadian history. In 1874, Parliament first considered reforming the senate, though there have been minor... [continues]
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