The real problem, Brown told HuffPost, is that the overwhelming majority of senators don’t do the job they were appointed to do.Bert Brown less than two years ago, offering his view as to the duties of an appointed Senator:
Senators are supposed to represent their province’s interest “but they don’t,” he said; they just follow what their party’s leadership tells them to do.
“They just vote either for Liberals or for Conservatives,” he said.
“I was there for five years and eight months and we voted everything that was voted to the Conservative government, every one. There was one guy who said who wanted to abstain once,” Brown recounted.
Senators toe the party line out of a sense of loyalty to the person who appointed them, the retired senator said.
"Every senator in this caucus needs to decide where their loyalty should be and must be. The answer is simple; our loyalty is to the man who brought us here, the man who has wanted Senate reform since he entered politics, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper," Brown wrote.
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