"We can do it by appointing elected senators,” says Jason Kenny, but if senate candidates still, once elected, must be appointed, then the PM can ignore the result of any plebiscite where the result goes against him. Think what is likely to happen if a candidate with known NDP connections were to run and win. What assurance would they have that the Harper government would not simply pass them over?
And, that being the case, why would anyone not onside with the Harper government even choose to run?
Although perhaps that is the point.