SENATE-1348The Senate: An anachronistic body that shields itself at every turn from the will of the people, or an institution that has repeatedly played an important role in making Canada a well-governed nation?

Tasha Kheiriddin and Stanley Hartt hashed out those views in the first Great Canadian Debate of 2015-16 on Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

Kheiriddin, a commentator on public policy, argued in favour of the motion "Canada’s Senate is beyond saving and must be abolished". Hartt, a lawyer and former chief of staff to prime minister Brian Mulroney, argued against.

For a recap of the debate from the MLI Twitter account, click here.

SENATE-1220The two debaters also authored op-eds in the National Post.

Hartt argued that the Senate cannot be abolished. Therefore, it must be saved.

Kheiriddin made the case that the time for fine-tuning Canada’s senate is long past – it needs wholsesale pruning.

This was the latest event in the Great Canadian Debates, an ongoing series organized by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

CPAC will be airing the debate in its entirety on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 9 a.m. and again at 7 p.m., then again on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 5:30 p.m.

GCD #1 2015-16: Canada's Senate is beyond saving and must be abolished