[Don Braid] Ironic: Canadian Senate is more unpopular when it almost works

[Don Braid] Ironic: Canadian Senate is more unpopular when it almost works

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[Calgary Herald] For a few glorious days in June, the Senate of Canada almost worked.

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In so doing it put the fear of God — or at least, the West — into important people down east.

The Red Chamber came within three votes of defeating Bill C-48, the so-called tanker moratorium, a bill so egregious in its discrimination that even some Ontario and Quebec senators caught on.

The more complex Bill C-69, the Impact Assessment Act, was also sharply challenged. It passed with Senate amendments that fell short of what many provinces preferred.

Overall, it was a close call for the centrists. The Senate was in great danger of doing the job for which it was originally conceived — defending regional interests.

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