Flipping senate positions
I was glad to read that editor John Harding (NDP pushes Liberals on Senate, Dec. 17 edition of The NEWS) agrees with the New Democrat position on abolishing the senate. We have been pressing Premier Christy Clark to take a consistent position on senate reform since before she was premier.
I’m at a loss, however, to understand how Harding can credibly claim that we didn’t provide any examples of the ever-changing stance of the premier. In the same release that he quoted from, we cited 10 different positions the premier or her key ministers have floated since Jan. 2011 — including three different positions over two days. She’s called for caps on senators from other provinces, constitutional amendments, elected senators in varying degrees and finally decided to punt the whole mess to the Supreme Court.
The release and related materials we distributed Dec. 4 can be seen at: bit.ly/19ESbST
John Horgan, MLA, New Democrat Opposition House Leader