A Vancouver lawyer says whether or not to appoint new senators isn’t the Prime Minister’s call – and he’s going to court to prove it.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper made waves yesterday with the announcement he’ll no longer fill vacancies in the senate.
But according to Aniz Alani – that’s not the PM’s choice to make.
“At the end of the day, the senate exists, it’s in the Constitution… we live by the constitution. And we can’t just decide on any given day there’s parts of it we don’t like, and so we’re not going to follow it.”
Alani says the government has a constitutional obligation to mint new senators.
“That’s the part that there’s uncertainty around right now – is the Prime Minister’s announcement suggestes he doesn’t think he’s under any legal oblication to fill the vacancies.”
Alani filed the application in federal court in December – and expects it to come to a head this fall.
He says the rules need to be clear – and he’ll stick with it no matter who win’s october’s election