Quip of the Week

The Quip of the Week award goes to the Prime Minister this week, for the following snappy comeback, as reported by the CBC:

Stephen Harper

Munson also questioned if Harper’s proposals would lead to the “Americanization” of the Senate, which is elected in the United States.

“I don’t think the Americans have particular monopoly on democracy,” Harper said.

It’s rather depressing to see a senator insult something simply by labelling it “American”. I’m a fan of archaic government institutions when their purpose is purely formal, like the Queen or Governor General, but the Senate is supposed to actually wield legislative power. The fact that senators are appointed, and can sit until age 75, is rather an embarrassment in this day and age. To oppose a democratic Senate simply because America has one… well, that’s just silly.

~ Gnomes