Thursday, August 27, 2009
"Canadians from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia remain ashamed of Canada`s senior legislative body. They are ashamed the Prime Minister continues the disgraceful, undemocratic appointment of undemocratic Liberals to the undemocratic Senate to pass all too often undemocratic legislation."
Stephen Harper, Hansard, March 7, 1996
"Stephen Harper will cease patronage appointments to the Senate. Only candidates elected by the people will be named to the Upper House."
Stephen Harper Leadership Website, January 15, 2004
"A conservative government will not appoint to the senate anyone who does not have a mandate from the people."
Conservative Party website during 2006 election