Set out below is a letter-to-the-editor by Democracy Watch Board member Duff Conacher which was published on June 21, 2011 in the Ottawa Citizen, in an iPolitics.ca article on June 22, 2011, on Canada.com and in the National Post and in the Globe and Mail on June 23, 2011, and in the Hill Times on July 4, 2011
it is true that senators sometimes correct errors in
bills passed by the House of Commons, this is not a
strong enough reason to have a Senate.
Senator Colin Kenny and some other commentators claim that Senate committee studies are better than House committee studies but this is impossible to prove -- most people view studies as "better" if they agree with the study's conclusions.
As well, Senate (and House) committee studies and reports are just based upon the submissions of citizen groups and think-tanks and other organizations who issue their own public reports and lobby Cabinet decision-makers (who are usually not influenced much by committee reports).
Senate ethics rules are also so loophole-filled and weakly enforced that senators are essentially allowed to be embedded lobbyists for interest groups, usually corporations for which many senators are directors.
The simplest solution is to abolish the Senate, and to maintain the balance of regional interests that is currently in the Senate by adding MPs in the House of Commons from smaller provinces.
this would violate the democratic principle of
representation by population, but the Senate already
violates that principle even more.