Departing from the red chamber this week on his 75th birthday, Bob Runciman notes his disappointment at “the failure to move toward an elected Senate.”
Back when Runciman was appointed to the upper house in 2010, it was still possible to believe an elected Senate was a distinct possibility.
But now, more than 30 years after Bert Brown plowed “Triple-E Senate or else” into an Alberta barley field, the cause of an elected Senate seems dead. Or at least fast asleep.
“I think that an important body like that should have a significant degree of accountability to the taxpayers and people of this country, and that’s missing,” Runciman said in an interview with CBC Radio’s The House on Wednesday, as he reached the Senate’s mandatory retirement age.
That will continue to be lacking, he said, “until someone’s prepared to come to grips with it.”
Perhaps only a significant crisis will motivate anyone to try.