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Neufeld against elected Senate


One of Stephen Harper’s hand-picked appointees to the Senate has gone sour on the prime minister’s dream of creating an elected upper chamber.

Senator Richard Neufeld says he supported an elected Senate when he was first appointed to the chamber 18 months ago, but he’s now changed his mind.

The former MLA for Peace River North says he doubts his region would be represented in an elected chamber.

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In any event, he thinks the current unelected body does good work and says it’s time to stop “kicking the Senate.”

All of Harper’s appointees to the Senate were supposed to support two of the prime minister’s most cherished initiatives which were to create an elected upper house and impose eight-year term limits on senators.

However, Neufeld is not alone.

He is the second Conservative senator in as many months to reject the idea of electing senators.

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