Why are we paying $90 million a year for an unelected, unaccountable Senate?

While Canadians are working harder just to make ends meet, the Senate in Ottawa is working less, but increasing in size and cost. It sits only 90 days a year and costs taxpayers over $90 million to run.

Unelected and unaccountable senators represent the parties that appointed them, not their regions or the Canadian people. They are only required to work three days a week – when they actually bother to show up.

Provinces like Manitoba and Quebec scrapped their “Senates” years ago. The people of New Zealand have also done away with their upper chamber. It’s time for Canada to do the same.

Stephen Harper once called the Senate a “relic of the 19th century”. But he’s stacked the Senate with 58 partisan appointments since becoming Prime Minister.

It’s time to abolish the Senate.

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Add your voice and sign the petition below.

We, the undersigned residents of Canada, recognize the following:

  • that there is no place for an unelected, unaccountable Senate in our democracy;
  • that the $90 million a year it costs to run this archaic institution would be better spent elsewhere; and
  • that appointed senators, especially those who abuse their privileges, do not represent the interests or values of Canadians.

Therefore, we call on the Government of Canada to abolish the unelected, unaccountable Senate once and for all.

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