Nunavut Sen. Dennis Patterson, appointed by the Conservatives, cribbed a line from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when describing the current requirements to become a senator in Canada.

“I think the requirement to own property stemmed from a now-ancient era where it was assumed that only the landed gentry, only those who had the financial wherewithal to own property and be worth a certain amount, were fit to govern,” he said.

“I think those notions are elitist, anachronistic and inappropriate, and as the prime minister said, it’s 2015, it’s 2016, they’re inappropriate in the modern era.”

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