N.B.Tories introduce law for election of Senate nominees
David Alward answers reporters' question at the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly in Fredericton on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Smith)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, June 1, 2012 12:19PM EDT
FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick government has introduced legislation that would allow for the election of Senate nominees, but the Liberal Opposition calls it a waste of time.
The proposed legislation would see the election of nominees every four years in conjunction with municipal elections.
The list of elected nominees would be given to the prime minister, who would still make the final decision on who becomes a senator.
Premier David Alward says he supports the prime minister's efforts to reform the senate.
But interim Liberal Leader Victor Boudreau says it's not an issue people in the province are concerned about.
He says it's just another opportunity for Alward to bow to the wishes of Stephen Harper.