The Canadian Senate in Bicameral Perspective
Published: July 2003© 2003
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 272 Pages
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
272 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
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The Canadian Senate in Bicameral Perspective is the first book-length scholarly study of the Senate in over a quarter century and the first such analysis of the upper house as one chamber of a bicameral legislature. David E. Smith's aim is to demonstrate the inter-relationship of the two chambers and the constraint this poses for Senate reform. He analyzes past literature on the Senate and current proposals for reform – such as Triple-E Senate – drawing detailed comparisons between Canada's upper chamber and the upper chambers of Australia, the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
There is a revival of interest and literature abroad in upper chambers and also in bicameralism. Using Parliamentary debates and committee reports, as well as a broad reading of comparative literature, The Canadian Senate in Bicameral Perspective sets the Canadian Senate into this international milieu, contextualizing the debate and arguing for a renewed investigation into its future.
'David Smith's study is an elegantly written analysis that canvasses the many criticisms and other commentaries on the Senate over the years, and comes out with a careful presentation of reform suggestions that are calculated to preserve the essential valuable characteristics of that body, yet contribute to its improvement. He is careful also to make suggestions that are achievable under the restrictive constraints of the current Canadian constitution. Since Senate reform is an ongoing and still unaccomplished issue in Canada, this study is clearly relevant in the present-day politics of the country.'Hugh Thorburn, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Studies, Queen's University
- Winner - Donner Prize, Donner Foundation