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Reforming the Senate One must address the three major problems with the Senate and the many solutions in order create a Parliament that would speak and act on behalf of Canadians in all parts of the country The three main criticism of the Senate are that it over-represents the business leaders of the country that it serves as a patronage device for the government party and that the distribution of seats does not give equal representations to all regions of the country on basis of population physical area or regional interest About 23s of all senators have backgrounds as either corporate executives or corporate lawyers This is why the Senate is suspected of being too favourable to the interests of the business community With regard to the third problem it may be noted that British Columbia has only 6 senate seats while the Atlantic provinces smaller in both area and population hold a total of 30 Because both Quebec and Ontario have 24 seats the greatest amount of power is given to the East However the most persistent criticism is the second one that because members are appointed the Senate is used as a patronage device For every six senators five of them have been party executives or fundraisers or actively involved with the party they represent Reform of this issue was debated during the 1980-81 constitutional negotiations However other issues came up and the question faded away into the background The Constitution Act of 1982 left the Senate basically as it was Nevertheless many commendable ideas to reform the Senate have been voiced The 1984 Report of the Special Joint Committee on Senate Reform suggested modifying the Senates legislative power to a suspensive veto That is instead of having the power to reject legislation outright a power which it almost never uses anyway the Senate would only be able to suspend or delay its approval for 120 days Another suggestion was
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