POLITICS

Manitoba's NDP government says Ottawa should pursue Senate abolition

04/25/2014 01:24 EDT | Updated 06/25/2014 05:59 EDT
WINNIPEG - Manitoba's justice minister says the federal government should pursue the abolition of the Senate.

Andrew Swan says he likes the Supreme Court of Canada ruling that says Ottawa cannot act without the provinces, although he would have welcomed a lower threshold than all 10 jurisdictions having to agree.

Swan says there is a growing sense across the country that the Senate should be abolished — and he feels governments should listen.

Swan says he believes Manitoba can be "very persuasive" and there doesn't seem to be any province currently putting up a strong defence of the Senate.

Manitoba's NDP government has consistently said it wants the upper house scrapped.

Swan suggests the $92 million spent every year on the Senate could be better spent elsewhere.

He says two of Manitoba's six Senate seats are vacant, and no one has noticed.