An elected upper house, the British way


This is from the coalition agreement signed by the Conservatives and the Lib Dems over in the U.K.:

We agree to establish a committee to bring forward proposals for a wholly or mainly elected upper chamber on the basis of proportional representation. The committee will come forward with a draft motions by December 2010. It is likely that this bill will advocate single long terms of office. It is also likely there will be a grandfathering system for current Peers. In the interim, Lords appointments will be made with the objective of creating a second chamber reflective of the share of the vote secured by the political parties in the last general election.

That emphasis was mine. Imagine that sort of arrangement in Canada.


One Response to “An elected upper house, the British way”

  1. 1 Ben

    There’s a lot that Canada can learn from this British election aftermath.

    Most importantly: How to painlessly create a coalition government (sans constitutional crisis or separatists).

    I don’t know why our minorities governments had to wait for the Brits to show us the way. It’s all well within our reach.

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