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Based on the media and blog reaction to the Conservatives re-appointing some failed candidates to the senate, I’d think I should be feeling a huge sense of outrage. But, I don’t. It does sound sketchy enough, but not quite outrage-inducing, and I’m curious why.
I think it boils down to:
- The senate seems like a corrupt institution already, since members are appointed with unlimited terms. So while it seems a slap in the face to re-appoint someone who was rejected by voters, this doesn’t seem any more corrupt than the system to begin with.
- I’m probably not going to be happy with anyone Harper would appoint.
- I’m cynical enough to expect tricks like this from politicians.
So, that’s great if we use this as a new reason to hope for reform of the senate, but on it’s own it seems pretty “meh.”