POLITICS

Senate abolition motion coming today, Sask. premier says

11/06/2013 10:59 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he'll introduce a motion in the legislature today calling for the Senate to be abolished.

It's something Wall has been saying he would do for a few months now. He has evolved from a believer in Senate reform to wanting it scrapped altogether.

This past summer, the Saskatchewan Party held a mail-in vote of members to see if they agreed — they did.

"As it has become clear that reform is not possible, abolition has become the preference of Saskatchewan people," Wall said in a news release Wednesday.

The Opposition NDP has always believed in abolishing the Senate, so the motion should pass easily.

The move is largely symbolic, of course, as Saskatchewan can't get rid of the Senate on its own. Wall said the motion is not a proposed Constitutional amendment; it's just a statement of Saskatchewan's official position.

The motion, to be introduced in the legislative assembly this afternoon, contains 11 words: "That this Assembly supports the abolition of the Senate of Canada."

One of the first laws Wall's government introduced was a bill to allow Saskatchewan people to elect a Senator. Wall says he now wants to scrap that law.

The move comes a day after the Senate voted to suspend three senators from the upper chamber, including Saskatchewan's Pamela Wallin.

She, Patrick Brazeau and Mike Duffy were sanctioned over alleged misspending.