This blog has panned the the Canadian senate, along with the Argentine, Brazilian, and Philippine ones. And we have not spared the American one, either! We blasted the American senate not only because of it has godawful stupid internal rules but because it is fundamentally undemocratic. In fact, we went so far as to calculate what the U.S. Senate would look like if you retained the 100-person membership but allocated Senators the way we did Representatives. Short result: California gets 10 senators. New York and Texas get six. Florida gets five. Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois get four, and you can click the link for the rest.
Given that, it is nice to see the New York Times finally catching up! Read the article. The Senate is fundamentally undemocratic and perverts our politics. Abolishing or reforming it is long overdue.
Unfortunately, the Senate is the one thing that the Constitution of the United States says cannot ever be reformed. It’s right there in Article 5: “[Amendments become part of the Constitution after ratification by ¾ths of the state legislatures or special state conventions] provided ... that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.”