Monday, December 19, 2005

Will he take the "u" out of "colour", too?

I just happened by the Conservatives' web site, where they have the following title as a link to an article:

Stephen Harper will initiate reforms to elect senators and set fixed election dates

...and I couldn't help myself. First thing that went through my mind was, "Oh, he's going to annex us to the United States?" :)

6 comments:

Kyle_From_Ottawa said...

Read my comments to your post about Ontario fixed dates.

Again, it's basically just fluff. Unless they want to open up the constitution, all they can legally do is move the requirement from an election from 5 years to 4 (but they can't go the other way and make it longer). As for an elected Senate, again, all they could actually change is that the PM would appoint who was "elected" without changing the constitution.

Lone Primate said...

Yeah, anything else means opening up the Constitution. What are the odds Quebec's going to consent to having its number of senators cut to the same number as Prince Edward Island?

And I agree, limiting the term of a Parliament to four years would be a case-by-case provision not supported (though not prohibited) by the Constitution. But clearly, anyone who, having made the promise, renegged on it, would face the wrath when the five years were up... so if it's followed, it may have some practical ramifications.

Emma in Canada said...

How does one just happen upon the conservative website?

Lone Primate said...

How does one just happen upon the conservative website?

Calm down. They're not QUITE the Nazi Party. :)

Believe it or not, someone (I forget who) posted what a laugh it was to put "www.pierretrudeau" into the address line of a browser. I tried it: it takes you to the website of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Emma in Canada said...

I think I was rather calm actually. And as long as I don't see a picture of Stephen Harper I might give that a try.

Lone Primate said...

I think I was rather calm actually. And as long as I don't see a picture of Stephen Harper I might give that a try.

He is a scary lookin' fellah, I'll grant you that. He just looks like he hasn't had a good night's sleep in ages. :)