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triple e senatePublic interest in the Senate is currently stronger than it ever has been Nearly everyone agrees that our present Senate is unsatisfactory Political parties such as the New Democratic Party want the outright abolition of the Senate while others such as the Reform Party want to elect it Since the Senate has not been considered an effective forum for regional representation-which was one of the reasons for its creation-many Canadians have wondered what reforms would allow it to perform that role better The objectives of Senate reform are based on one idea that of enhancing the quality of regional representation of politicians within national political institutions Through the implementation of a Triple E Senate Equal Effective Elected a federal principle can be constructed into the national government and therefore provide a check on the majority in the House of Commons A major function of second chambers is legislative review This means that bills coming from the other house are examined revised and sometimes delayed Unless regional representation is included the legislative review function does not examine the purpose of proposed legislation but instead attempts to improve it technically In federal systems the legislative review function of the Senate is only secondary to their role in providing for representation for various parts of the country in the national legislature Representation is selected in favour of the smaller regions in contrast to the first chamber where representation is always based on population Therefore the functions associatedwith the Senate are legislative review and the representation of the various regions on a different basis from the lower house The Fathers of Confederation originally intended for the Senate to play the legislative review role As sir John A MacDonald said the Senate was to have the sober second thought in legislation and should not be a mere chamber for registering the decrees of the Lower House They also agreed on a particular qualification of Senators
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