Fixing this shortfall can’t be done via appointments to the Senate because this is a form of tokenism. The shortfall must be fixed by way of an electoral process.
Senate refrom is an opportunity to introduce proportional representation to the federal system. It is not a cure for every representational weakness of our governments, but it would go a long way toward making a reformed Senate a more diverse and representative body. This can be done while retaining our traditional first-past-the-post system in the Commons.
2) A reformed Senate could help ensure federal policy is based on a wider variety of input with a premium placed on compromise and consensus among diverse perspectives. Admittedly, this makes for a slower, more complex and generally messier legislative process, but that’s how a healthy democracy works.
3) A reformed Senate could serve as a check on what virtually everyone agrees is the alarming concentration of power in the hands of the prime minister and the central agencies that report to…