Dooney's Dictionary

The Senate

Vestigial British institution originally designed to protect traditional property rights and privileges from the belligerent, ill-bred pigs elected to Parliament. In Canadian practice, it has become a pasture for elderly, belligerent, ill-bred parliamentary pigs who have lost their seats. Recent governments, while making grunting noises to the public about disbanding the Senate, have turned it into a partisan institution with powers parallel to those of Parliament. This alteration has led to paralysis of both bodies, leaving effective power in the hands of the Prime Minister and his close friends in the U.S. State Department and Trade Secretariat.

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