OTTAWA - As official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair continues his "roll up the red carpet" Senate tour in Montreal, a third province has filed a Supreme Court submission opposing the Harper government's proposal to unilaterally reform the Senate.
Mulcair says the unelected Senate is a vehicle for cronyism, no longer reflective of modern-day Canada.
"It's so undemocratic, in fact, that ... in the province of Quebec, 25% of Stephen Harper's Senate appointments are people who were defeated (in previous elections)," Mulcair said.
Since various scandals emerged from the upper chamber over the spring and summer, the Conservative government has made a renewed effort to cast itself as the party that favours Senate reform.
Newly minted minister of state for democratic reform, Pierre Poilievre, sought the advice of the Supreme Court of Canada on whether changes could be made without the co-operation of the provinces.
Provinces have until Friday to file submissions