Dream no little dream

The New Democrats want to defund the Senate
Governor General David Johnston delivers the Speech from the Throne in the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Friday June 3, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The New Democrats have tabled a simple motion for debate tomorrow.

“That all funding should cease to be provided to the Senate beginning on July 1, 2013.”

If passed, this could be part of the Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill. The lawn, for instance, could be used for a giant yard sale of the Senate’s chairs, desks and art work. Or, if not outright abolition, the Senate could continue on a purely volunteer basis.

Alas, it is probably not so simple—though the Paul wonders if the Prime Minister is in the mood for a bold gesture.

The New Democrats called on the House to support abolishing the Senate in March—the Conservatives and Liberals voted to keep it—and the New Democrats have a long history, going back to JS Woodsworth, of attempting to defund the Senate.