Preston Manning wants input on Senate's future

Preston Manning, President and CEO of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy speaks during the...

Preston Manning, President and CEO of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy speaks during the Manning Networking Conference 2010 in Ottawa March 12, 2010. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 12:40 PM ET

OTTAWA — The godfather of Senate reform is discouraged and wants Canadians to pipe up about what should be done to the upper chamber.

Preston Manning launched Reformorabolish.ca Wednesday and invites users to pick two of six options to decide the fate of the Senate.

The longtime advocate of a Triple E Senate — equal, elected and effective — said he's optimistic the attention being paid to the expense scandal and the ensuing criminal investigation has rekindled public interest in the institution and will spur Canadians to express their views.

"Nobody is more frustrated than myself at the length of time it has taken to get any progress on the issue at all," the former Reform party leader said.

Manning and senator-in-waiting Ted Morton, a former Alberta finance minister, said the results of the online initiative will be unveiled next month.


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