On the heels of the planned changes to Canada’s Senate, Premier Christy Clark has taken to Twitter and rejected the idea.
In a series of tweets, Clark says B.C. will “not participate in the process outlined today to appoint senators.”
She goes on to say the course of action does not address B.C.’s concerns, which includes efforts to bolster jobs and the economy.
Clark says she is still committed to working with the Federal Government to strengthen B.C. and the rest of the country.
Her Tweets come after Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef announced earlier Thursday the Trudeau Government will be setting up a five-member advisory board to fill empty Senate seats.
It says candidates will need to have a record of achievement and public service, show integrity, be non-partisan and understand the role of the Senate.
Clark’s big issue?
She says the changes don’t address what she thinks is wrong with the Senate…and in particular, the idea it’s “never been designed to represent” BC’s interests.
Under senate distribution, B.C. gets 6 seats – the same number of seats as Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.
And because of regional representation rules, it gets fewer seats than New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, which get 10 each.