Independence of SenatorsPublished on 30 September 2014 Your Question Period by Senator James Cowan (retired)
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Hon. James S. Cowan (Leader of the Opposition):
My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate, and is another one of the questions that have been received in response to our invitation to Canadians to ask questions on their behalf.
Today’s question comes from Mr. Piper Jackson of Vancouver, British Columbia, and his question is as follows:
While appointed to the Senate by the Prime Minister, senators are servants of the people of Canada and not the Prime Minister nor any political party. What can be done to ensure the independence of Canadian senators? The justification for the existence of the Senate is dependent upon the capacity for senators to make decisions based upon their wisdom and judgment, and not upon outside political interference.