October 30, 2015

Before he goes, Harper needs to do this one last thing to save the country

Brian LilleyArchive

I’ve got a piece of advice for Stephen Harper, one I don’t think he will take but that he should, as a last act to save the country. 

Fill every single one of the 22 Senate vacancies with reform minded Conservatives on your way out the door. Don’t let Trudeau have those appointments. They are yours to make – at least until November 4th.

Before he became Prime Minister, Trudeau said he would change Senate appointments by appointing a panel that would then pick the senators to appoint. An unelected, unaccountable panel of elitists picking who gets to sit in the unelected, unaccountable senate?

It makes no sense and it harms responsible government.

Justin Trudeau would likely howl in protest if Stephen Harper did stack the senate. He would claim it was wrong, an affront to our system and yet he is about to change the senate appointments and make it less open, less democratic.

Let me know what you think of this idea.


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commented 2015-11-03 16:07:17 -0500
It’s not happening. Harper is done.

Thank Jebus.
commented 2015-11-02 11:22:39 -0500
DO IT!!!
commented 2015-11-02 10:31:48 -0500

No, they are optimistic – because they are reasonable and sensible. The realize that we are all in this together and want the best for Canada.
commented 2015-11-02 01:34:32 -0500
Or what about having a fully independent chamber capable of hauling the OPP Commissioner in front of one of it’s committees to ask why charges were laid against one Wynne Staffer for the Sudbury By-election scandal and not another. The independent power to subpoena of a potentially politically unfriendly chamber can act as a deterrent on corrupt behavior by popularly elected governments.
commented 2015-11-02 01:19:57 -0500
Hey Bill,
Whatever you think of the Senate it is a constitutionally unavoidable (and I believe useful) institution. Even if you wanted to abolish the Senate, the Senate, as one component of the legislative branch of Canada’s Federal government, oone have to approve of such abolition. There is no legal way around it so if there has to BE a Senate it may as well be filled with our best and brightest and I trust Prime Minister Harper to make those choices more than Prime Minister Elect Trudeau.

But why do I think it is useful? I think that the unconscionable actions of the McGuinty and Wynne governments in Ontario are a poster child for the necessity of a chamber of sober second thought. Don’t you think it would have been nice to have an Ontario Senate full of Mike Harris hacks to oppose the implementation of the Green Energy Act? Or look at Hydro One Privatization. Despite having opposed privatization before and a new report from the province’s Financial Accountability Officer saying the deal will be bad for the government in the long run, the Ontario Liberals are going to sell 60% of a utility which has a monopoly on electricity transmission in the province.
commented 2015-11-02 00:49:07 -0500
What an incredibly bad idea Brian. The senate is a visible icon of Ottawa’s corrupt patronage culture -a culture started by the corrupt elitists in the LPC but not restricted to them in its virulent spread. Senate/judicial/administrative appointment is a living testament the current system not only resists democratic reform, but sucks principled reformers into its vortex of corruption.

The zombie voting block needs to be reminded day in and day out that their recent vote for status quo corrupt statists maintains this costly anti-democratic debased patronage rubber stamp. Corrupt patronage has a price my little zombie droogs and you will pay the price for your anti-democratic choices.
commented 2015-11-02 00:22:35 -0500
Jimmy, they are optimistic BECAUSE those are the only sites they go to. Ignorance is bliss, right?
commented 2015-11-01 22:41:22 -0500
What an absolutely good idea in order to save the Canada that we know is very good as it is, and try to keep it that way. It is a technical area, but technically Mr Harper is still the Prime Minister of the country, as the swearing in ceremony has not taken place as yet. In addition, the decision of Justin Trudeau to bringing in 25,000 Iraqis within the next 8 weeks is nothing but a recipe for disaster for our country as there is not enough time to accurately check each and everyone of them that are coming from a war zone who could be terrorists from this war zone. Stephen Harper still has the ability to appoint these senators, which is still part of our parliamentary democracy, and I certainly would be all in favour if he did when he still has the ability to do it before the Pot smoking, bubble-headed Prime Minister is put into place for the next four years to follow.
commented 2015-11-01 14:56:15 -0500
Andrew and Jimmy please walk around with and Infidel patch , since that would be no problem according to sheep like you, then i challenge you to do it.
commented 2015-11-01 14:55:24 -0500
Andrew i could do better at your job than you ever could at mine , you are a joke to me and in case you missed it , i do not need people like you , oyu would die without people like me though LMAO. Same goes for the left , we do not need the left for anything , the left needs the right though. SORRY IF REALITY SUCKS.
commented 2015-11-01 14:53:59 -0500
Andrew seems to forget the t5ens of thousands who are not working in liberal Ontario and the fact that th eNDP is the reason Albertans are not working , can hardly wait until Justin finds out that the money has dried up.
commented 2015-11-01 14:52:21 -0500
Jimmy and Andrew what about that liberal senator who lived in Florida? OH YEAH , there was no body to investigate such things until the conservatives created it, but of course you left wing fools missed that part of reality once again.
commented 2015-11-01 13:10:06 -0500
a perfect example of how socialists and faux socialists such as liberal elitists work ….ryerson…one ply toilet paper for the peasants and two ply for the commissariat..
commented 2015-11-01 12:22:42 -0500
Fred Wells said: “Country doesn’t need saving. It was already saved October 19” Come back in four years and tell us that, if you can…………..!
commented 2015-11-01 12:08:05 -0500
Lets face it, Liberals got elected because of Pot, and taxing the rich which appealed to NDP and a few Conservatives, while Harper lost the Muslim vote because of the Hijab which then voted for Justin. as a default, but when I mention what Justin believes in otherwise, every Muslim frowns, so that one time vote will be gone like last nights dinner. And Justins Hair will fall out soon enough and with his bad policies, he will be out on his rear end.
I would rather have Harper appoint more to the senate than for Justin to do it.
commented 2015-11-01 12:04:17 -0500
With about 100 seats won in the election, I’d say Stephen Harper has every right to load the senate. He can say its partisan, he can say its self serving, and he can say those people like any others will represent Canadian Conservative Values, because Canada in spite of the Liberal spin, is very conservative in many ways. And in other ways, Canada is more socialist. And finding the right balance is always a challenge. Appointing Conservatives to the senate, will help preserve that balance that Stephen Harper feels is best, it would be a act of Kindness on his part on behalf of Canadians. Its far better than having Justin appoint what he thinks is right. I trust Harper more than Justin.
commented 2015-11-01 10:53:52 -0500
So far the PC’s have managed to get the NDP elected in AB. and the lieberals in Ottawa. No thanks you cowardly SOB Stevey Chamberlain, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
commented 2015-11-01 08:29:00 -0500
Great idea Brian. Some names I’d suggest:
1) Rev. Joe Boot: Joe is the type of guy who would have been entrusted by King James to translate the Greek New Testament into English. He is a first rate Man of God. He is unapologetically Christian and will not back down on key social issues Conservative typically shy away from. He is a tremendous intellect, a passionate and devastating debater, of high moral character, and is a genuinely likeable person. While he may cut you, it is always with an eye toward saving your soul. He would make an excellent Senate leader as he’s a man who has the big picture and can communicate it effectively.

2) John Robson: A tremendously decent and accomplished man, enormous intellect, a great debater, and a genuine Christian (so again he has the big picture in mind).

3) Solomon Friedman: A tremendously intelligent criminal lawyer, communicator, and passionate defender of firearm owner and broader constitutional rights (like self-defence). We have Solomon in no small part to thank for the abolition of the gun registry.

4) Professor Ian Lee: A very intelligent conservative economist who communicates effectively.

5) William Gairdner: Extremely intelligent and decent man, who is unfortunately disqualified because of age to sit in the Senate. It is Canada’s loss. 6) Stephen Woodworth: An intelligent, well-spoken, and tremendously decent parliamentarian who passionately defends the rights of the unborn.

7) Rod Giltaca of Civil Advantage Firearms training: An intelligent, well-spoken and passionate defender of firearm owner rights.

8) Julian Fantino?: An intelligent and experienced police chief who leans socially conservative. A question mark for me is that he was OPP commissioner during the Caledonia crisis when police stood by and allowed Native criminals to assault people at will.

9) James Lunney: An intelligent, well-spoken and tremendously decent man.

Other good choices:
Chief Rick Hansen
Faith Goldy
Marissa Semkiw
Garry McHale
Theo Caldwell
Kris Sims
Charles Adler
Tom Harris
Lorne Gunter and pretty much any conservative who voted in favour of M-312 by Stephen Woodworth.
commented 2015-11-01 00:32:17 -0400
“Kill two birds with one stone, appoint Don Cherry to the senate.”
Cherry’s too old to be a senator.
commented 2015-10-31 23:37:49 -0400


Go to any other website besides The Rebel and Canadians have been optimistic and feeling good about change – even conservatives, who are more than happy to be proven wrong about Trudeau and wish him the best.

The Rebel is the online version Debbie Downer. Just a killjoy about everything.
commented 2015-10-31 22:28:49 -0400
Kill two birds with one stone, appoint Don Cherry to the senate.

I think if Harper did fill all the seats with Conservatives he would provoke a backlash that would make it harder to unseat Trudeau next time around, but he can fill some of them with Conservatives and fill the rest with some of the less crazy non-conservatives like John Manley and Marc Garneau
commented 2015-10-31 22:15:46 -0400
Country doesn’t need saving. It was already saved October 19
commented 2015-10-31 20:52:21 -0400
Harper was deemed too far to the right! CPC must appeal to centrists to broaden its base. Yes the Blue Tory/Reform Party faction should be respected, but not to the detriment of Red Tories. With a broadened base, there is no reason (given time) that the old Red Tories from the former Progessive Conservative Party. Atlantic Canada, Montreal, Ottawa, greater Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Metro Vancouver and southern Vancouver Island should be very comfortable within the CPC. Under Harper, that was never possible🇨🇦
commented 2015-10-31 19:20:27 -0400
“Find 22 out of work Albertans (with resumes thicker than Trudeau’s – easy to do), and conservative leanings, and put them in the senate.”

As Mike Duffy found out, you actually need to live in the province you represent. None of the vacancies are in Alberta seats, and the earliest opening there is in 2018. Most are in Quebec or Ontario, a few in Manitoba, NS, NB.
commented 2015-10-31 18:58:21 -0400

Well maybe if Harper wasn’t deemed to be a tyrannical fascist and Canadians on all sides didn’t hate him with a passion – Harper might still be in power.

Truth be told, The Conservative Party would have been smart to dump Harper (force him to resign) and have a new leader run against Trudeau in 2015.
commented 2015-10-31 18:04:19 -0400
He absolutely must get this done. I like Guy Fraser’s idea of appointing some ex-cabinet ministers and ex-mp’s but only if they were accomplished types and true to the Conservative philosophy. Mixed in with other powerful connected types that can have a strong influence on growing the party base. (Ask Duffy to go).
Harper lost a lot of enthusiasm from the base because he stubbornly insisted on catering to and appeasing the Liberal middle too much. You seldom get a majority and when you do, you can’t pussy-foot around, you have to get the hard things done early on in your mandate. Nice guys finish last!
Watch how aggressive Trudeau will be, he won’t fuddle-duddle around.
commented 2015-10-31 17:07:56 -0400
I miss PM Harper already. I am so bitter at the stupidity of Canadians. It was not an election it was a Canadian Idol contest. What people saw in that snowboarder is beyond belief. Well as many people have said you can’t fix stupid.
commented 2015-10-31 17:07:14 -0400
Please Mr. Harper, fill the Senate with Conservatives otherwise Justin will load it with Liberals and we have more than enough of those around know. You tried to abolish it and did your best. You can’t beat them so leave part of your legacy in Senate appointments. At least it will slow down or stop some of their shenanigans.
commented 2015-10-31 15:58:19 -0400
Find 22 out of work Albertans (with resumes thicker than Trudeau’s – easy to do), and conservative leanings, and put them in the senate.
commented 2015-10-31 13:46:47 -0400
Canada’s next dark age begins November 4, 2015 when his high royal-ness assumes power over the country. I say “assume” because the pot smoking substitute drama teacher is only a figure head. The real power will lie with Gerald Butts, the Islamist advisor Omar, and other back room manipulators in the Lieberal party.