Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thurtdoy, Match 11. 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HHALD 37, Croll admits reform plan may have ruffled Senate feathers By CHERYI- HAWKES OTTAWA (CP) Liberal Senator David Croll admits he may have ruffled a few sena- torial feathers with the 12-point plan for Senate reform lie pre- sented in the Senate last week. "The Senate is a very pleas- ant place for a lot of senators as it he s a i d in an inter- view Change was not a Senate strong point, "but change isn't one of the great virtues of the Canadian people either." It has been exactly one week since the 73-year-old self-de- clared activist urged his cohorts in the upper house to "reform or perish" and to castoff the chains of the government and cabinet, or "Ilicir umbilical He then unfurled a set ol pro- posals which would increase the size of the Senate, lower the re- tirement age to 70 from 75, abolish tenure for senior sena- tors and eliminate the Senates veto power. His plan would also dislodge the leader of the gov- ernment in the Senate from his cabinet post. The main thrust of the pro- posals, Senator Croll said, is to jive the Senate more independ- ance and to make it more so- cially responsivie to the outside world. NO FORMAL RESPONSE Since then, not one senator has replied in the Senate to his suggestions. But Senator Croll says he is prepared to give them time to mull over his proposals, con- fident ills fellow senators know the time is ripe for change Worse than being criticized, the Senate is in danger of being for- gotten, he has warned them And after public apathy comes1 abolishment. "I'm sure lite vast majority of them realize something has a be done and soon I Biink there will be enough pub- lic opinion informed public convince the sena- tors to exoose their views on re- form and" to make them realize they just can't slough it off." Everyone is out to reform the Senate. The New Democratic Party would abolish it. But Sen- ator' Croll maintains the best idras will come from the sena- tors themselves "we who know best its strengths and weaknesses." Sliould the Senate be abol- ished? "Not at all. There's safety and usefulness in a second House. There isn't a democratic country in the world that hasn't got a second House." MUST JUDGE THEMSELVES But the major problem for the 94 government-appointed senators is looking at them- selves critically and reforming what they don't like about themselves. 'With no one breathing down your neck, it doesn't take long before you slip into a Senator Croll said. The Senate has proven its value in investigating a variety of social issues, he said. The 1960s and early 1970s were dot- ted with special Senate in quires on laid use, manpower, aging, truth in lending, mass media, science and the poverty committee of which Senator; Croll was chairman. The 18-year Senate veteran proposed that the Eenalc ex- pand its investigative role even further wiith the creation of a standing committee on miscellaneous Canadian affairs with more than a dozen per- manent sub-committees to con- sider the problems of aging, youth, provincial, regional, mu- nicipal and urban affairs, energy and foreign ownership, poverty and many more. Such committees, he said, should he available 365 days a year to anyone who wanted lo make themselves heard before a government that has the time to listen and study their problem and which has an available supply of experts. MEAT SUPPLIERS About farnu and ranches across the country sup- ply raw material for Canada's meat-packing industry. ASTRE-AUSTIN-COLT-CORTIMA- DATSUN-FIAT-MAZDA-P1NTO- RENAIILT-TOYOTA-VEGA- VOLKSWAGEN... ...are all fine cars. 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