Sunday, May 16, 2010
Tea Partiers Want To Be More Like Canada?
Considering a lot of the stuff that's commonly believed by the Tea Party crowd in the States I've tended to assume that they probably don't like Canada much. But maybe I'm wrong. Apparently a lot of them want to repeal the 17the Amendment of the US Constitution, which allows direct election of Senators. Instead they want appointment of Senators to be in the hands of state governments. That would make it a lot closer to the Canadian Senate, whose members are chosen by the Prime Minster and are not voted for by individual Canadians. This is ironic given that the most common idea for Senate reform in Canada is to make it elected, although there are also those, like the New Democratic Party, who want the Senate abolished. Alberta has had elections to fill its Senate candidates, and the current Saskatchewan Party government in Saskatchewan wants to do the same, but the results of these elections are not binding on the Prime Minister. So it's kind of amusing to see the Tea Partiers move in the other direction.