While the Canadian Senate has done a good job, there's one aspect that is lacking.
"The real problem with the senate has been, and this is going to sound terrible, has been the selection of people who have been appointed there," according to Canada's former Auditor General Sheila Fraser.
And while she believes that a lot of very capable, outstanding Canadians are senators, there are also the "party hacks" who are too connected federally to provide the Senate's mandate of "second sober thought".
"There has to be a better way to select senators and to ensure they are not so politically aligned."
Fraser made her comments during a luncheon in Cobourg last week, hosted by the Canadian Federation of University Women Northumberland.
Following a career as an accountant, Fraser took the position of Deputy Auditor General, Audit Operations, in 1999. She was then (more…)