If the Senate is to be abolished, will the House of Commons be next??

Late last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a formal moratorium on Senate appointments. The Prime Minister has not appointed a Senator in over two years, but now has made the moratorium official government policy. I’m having trouble taking this pledge seriously. Stephen Harper once pledged that he would never appoint an unelected senator. Yet he went on to appoint 59 Senators, only a handful of which were elected in Alberta Advisory Senate Elections. He has appointed defeated candidates for the House of Commons (Michael Fortier, Fabian Manning and Josée Verner). And of course he appointed Senators – or I should say suspended Senators – Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau. So finally realizing how poor he is at doing so, the Prime Minister has apparently decided to appoint no further members of the upper house. In coming to this epiphany, the Prime Minister has indicated that this move…