Originally, I read that the Conservatives and Liberals agreed on 12 years but the bill that will be introduced in the House of Commons is 8 year senate term limits. I think they should be 6, but I'll settle with 8. This is the fourth time this will be brought forward in the last four years.
And here we have some classic "insenaty now", but not from the Liberals, but from the NDP...
NDP MP David Christopherson called changing the term limits of senators "tinkering around the edges" and not real reform.Oh brother. So there Mr. Christopherson, you genius you, if there are rarely ever any vacancies in the senate, we'll sure have a lot of elections for it, won't we?
"What we care about is not so much how long senators are in the Senate, but how they get there," he said, speaking to reporters after the news conference had ended.
And I thought the NDP simply wanted to abolish the upper chamber, not caring about reforming it.
But if we have term limits, we'll have the potential for more vacancies and thus more calls for elections.
Remember, Stephen Harper plays the long game and reforming the senate has proven it is not going to happen overnight, over one election period, or in some failed accord.