A UBC political scientist says the Prime Minister’s decision to impose a moratorium on Senate appointments could face a constitutional challenge.
Stewart Prest says eventually some provinces will become uncomfortable with a lack of representation.
He says they will likely pressure Prime Minister Stephen Harper to start making appointments to fill the seats.
“You could see at some point someone making a challenge to the federal court, and ultimately the Supreme Court, essentially to force the Prime Minister to make those appointments to ensure that the senate remains a functional body, otherwise it could be accused of pursuing a course of unilateral abolishment simply by retirement.”
There is only one vacancy in BC right now, but Ontario has seven.
Prest points out the senate can’t be abolished without consent from all of the provinces.
A statement from Attorney General Suzanne Anton to CKNW says the senate should be fixed, or folded.