Term Limit Solution no Solution at All

Section 3 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states: “Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of members of the House of Commons or a legislative assembly and be qualified for membership therein”. Notice it says “every citizen of Canada” not every citizen “who has not already completed three terms in the legislative assembly”.  It is within this context and lens that we must assess Alberta PC Leadership Contestant, Jim Prentice’s epiphany that part of the problem with our ailing is democracy is long-tenured politicians.  Prentice pronounced: “there will be term limits; a limit of two terms for the premier and three terms for MLAs”. I have little doubt that term limits on serving in the legislature are unconstitutional.  Proposed term limits for serving as the premier, however, are trickier, at least constitutionally.  Section 3 provides only constitutional protection for seeking a seat…