The well known need for Senate reform will have to wait until the Tories have a majority government. In the meantime, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will have to appoint as many Conservatives as he can to fill the 18 vacancies so that the upper house can function properly. And the sooner he does this the better.
Adding to the urgency to fill the unusually high number of vacancies is the need to block the threat of the Liberal-NDP coalition appointing the likes of Green Party leader Elizabeth May and Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe to that place.
As much as this would go against the grain for most Conservatives who are dedicated to the cause of Senate reform, it’s the lesser of two evils—the greater being an unelected socialist-dominated coalition government stacking the Senate vacancies with those who wish to perpetuate the Senate status quo.
Better to have PM Harper appoint a slate of senators who promise to step down if and when Canada moves to an election process with meaningful limits to senators’ terms in office.
By the way, prime minister, I stand ready to serve:-)