For my third Advent Policy Brief, I imagine how limiting the terms of Senators to match the terms of MPs in the House of Commons could lead to much better governance.
In this model, the Senate becomes explicitly partisan, chosen by the governing Prime Minster. Senators are symbolic representatives of their provinces who face no electorate and already openly engage in partisanship. Why shouldn't the Senate be filled with 105 of the current Prime Minister's friends?
With their attention undivided by constituency work and reelection, Senators are ideal candidates to fill Cabinet roles. It is only a practice, not a law, that Ministers are appointed from the governing party's caucus of MPs.
There are few American political traditions I think Canada should import, but highest among them is their unelected cabinet. Holding two positions within the government causes inevitable conflicts of interest; just ask Jody Wilson-Raybould.