Term limits

With the recent deaths of Senators Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and Robert Byrd of West Virginia it brings up the question of term limitations. Senator Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 1962 and served for 48 years. Senator Byrd being elected to the Senate in 1958 and serving for 52 years. In my opinion the only person that should be able to celebrate a Jubilee in office is a distinguished little old lady who’s been known to wear a tiara from time to time. I have nothing against long serving members of the Legislature but where re-elections extends that term to 50 years that is simply too long. Both Senator Kennedy and Senator Byrd got elected to the U.S. Senate before I was born and I’m no spring chicken!

In the United States they should limit Senators to being elected to four full terms plus part of an un-expired term. This would mean Senator Kennedy gets elected to a partial term in 1962 and getting re-elected to full terms in 1964, 1970, 1976, and 1982. He ends up leaving the Senate in 1988 having served for 26 years. Senator Byrd would’ve been elected in 1958, 1964, 1970, and 1976. He ends up leaving the Senate in 1982 having served 24 years.

Here in Canada I would suggest that our Members of Parliament would get to serve in six Parliaments this would give them a maximum term of 30 years. For the federal election in 2011 six terms would have been being elected in 1993 and serving in six Parliaments for 18 years. For the federal election in 2004 six terms would have been elected in 1980 and serving for 24 years.

Barry Aulis  barryaulis@federalistparty.ca

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About Barry Aulis

Founder and acting President of the Federalist party of Canada.
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