"You'd think they could be humble enough to admit they went overboard,'' Hervieux-Payette said of the Tories.
The Tories according to Hervieux went "overboard" in characterising the Senate as "Lazy", "incompetent", and "partisan."
I disagree. I think they didn't go far enough. The Senate is irresponsible, irrevelant, and corrupt. The institution has not bothered to be a place of "sober second thought" in over a generation as far as I'm concerned. It's unelected, unaccountable, and not in line with the Canadian principle of Responsible Government which is what this Country was founded on.
Canadians have gone from wanting the Senate to be reformed, to many wanting it abolished.
It's the Senate and it's Liberal puppet master that should show some humility. Canadians will not be forgiving if they force Canada into a deficit over a purely partisan issue.
It's also important to note that this private member's bill made it through the house of commons in a Conservative parliament. I wouldn't doubt that this was due to new rules that this Government either implemented to deal with private member's bills or oversaw.
Either way, it's a far cry from the cynical suggestions of some that power is becoming more concentrated in the PMO than when the Liberals were in power.
PS - I dont' know what possessed Liberal MP Dan McTeague to author such a bill. He is usually a reasonable guy from what I've seen of him. Somehow I don't think he ever thought this bill would get this far.