So, let’s start the week with a provocative question: Is Canada a democracy?
A couple of weeks after the Prime Minister of Canada ‘advised’ the Governor General to prorogue parliament to avoid a no-confidence vote he was nearly certain to lose, he is now set to ‘advise’ Her Excellency to appoint several members of the federal Senate.
Presumably she will accept her adviser’s advice, and so a government without a mandate to govern will stack the upper house with allies, who hold their seats to age 75.
David Christopherson says this is “clearly undemocratic.”* I can’t disagree. But is it within the bounds of Canada’s constitution? That’s at best “questionable.”
* Granted, David Christopherson is not an unbiased observer; he is the member of Parliament for Hamilton Centre and the NDP critic for democratic reform. I suppose the fact that Canadian opposition parties have “critics for democratic reform” could remain evidence that Canada is still more democratically healthy than its neighbor to the south.