An elected upper house, the British way

12May10

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.

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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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