Must Canadians really finance the 'house of sober second thought'? And really, what is the purpose of the senate aside from a partisan double stamp of their parties plans and priorities? Their have been calls for an elected or democratic senate by some but that thought fills us at the Forum with horror. Even more election campaigns, eliciting even more donations from special interest groups and a further gouging of the taxpayer by the elected officials to repay said contributions? Thanks but no thanks. Why not just shut it down? The state is a racket and the senate is perhaps the most brazen example of it in action. So let's strike a blow for joe public and put an end to this ridiculous farce.