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Canada is a country whos future is in question Serious political issueshave recently overshadowed economic concerns Constitutional debate overunity and Quebecs future in the country is in the heart of every Canadiantoday Continuing conflicts concerning Aboriginal self-determination andtreatment are reaching the boiling point How can Canada expect to pull herselfout of this seemingly bottomless pit Are Canadians looking at the rightpeople to lay their blame In the 1992 Referendum The Charlottetown Accordaddressed all of these issues giving Canadians the opportunity to finallylet the dead horse be - but oh if it were that simple A red faced BrianMulroney pontificated that a vote against the accord would be one againstCanada Canadians would essentially be expressing the desire for Quebec toremain excluded from the constitution How could the Right-Honorable Mulroneyexpect anyone to vote on a document that contained so much more than simplythe issue of Quebec sovereignty Ironically hidden deep within TheCharlottetown Accord was the opportunity for Canadians to make a differenceto change the way the government ran giving less power to the politiciansand more to the people This was the issue of Senate ReformWhy is Senate Reform such an important issue An argument could be made thata political body which has survived over one hundred years in Canada mustobviously work or it would have already been reformed This is simply nottrue and this becomes apparent when analyzing the current Canadian SenateIn its inception the Senate was designed to play an important role in theGovernment of Canada representing various regions of the federation QuebecOntario the maritimes and the west were allotted twenty-four Senators eachConsidered to be the heart of the federal system the Senate was to be acrucial balancing mechanism between Upper and Lower Canada Mallory pg 247It was important for there to be equal representation and not representationby population Senators were to be appointed in order to ensure that theHouse was independent and had the freedom to act on its own As well Senatorshad to be
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