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Conservative Senators Under the Gun

Prime Minister Harper is said to be exerting pressure on Conservative Senators to vote in favour of suspending Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau.

Political Scientist Don Desserud who's in favour of reforming the Senate, tells CHSJ News getting rid of the Senate entirely may not turn out to be the best thing for our democracy because its abolition would leave even more power in the hands of a Prime Minister. He argues there has to be some body in place as a check against unbridled power wielded by the party that controls Parliament.

Desserud maintains electing Senators would give them more independence from the Prime Minister who appointed them.