I have said it before and I will say it again.... the Senate is an essential component of Canadian politics. It is a safeguard that protects us against the bumbling idiots we elect to the House of Commons.
That being said it is imperative that we change the manner in which Senators are selected. We must take the nomination process out of the hands of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister has absolutely no interest in a Senators capacity to understand the legalities and complexities of being the final say other than whether the Senator is a supporter of his party.
The nomination should be the responsibility of the Province with the final selection and confirmation coming from an independent committee of non-partisan individuals who evaluate a Senator based on her/his Independence and lack of political allegiance.
You must realize that in the election process we tend to elect 90 to 95 percent of candidates who should not be in a position of deciding our future or making economic decisions on our behalf.