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So this thing happened in the Senate today..

If anyone predicted this was going to happen today, I’m going to them to ask what numbers I should pick for the lottery:

Justin Trudeau has expelled from his caucus every single Liberal member of the upper house and has declared there is no longer any such thing as a Liberal Senator. The Liberal leader said the former members of the Liberal Senate caucus will sit as Independents, and they will have no formal ties to the Liberal parliamentary machinery apart from through their friendships…The move stunned both Liberal senators and senior Liberal Senate staffers, who had not been formally advised of the decision. It also blindsided veteran insiders and political observers who had no inkling about the change.

JT has proposed that if he were to form government, an independent panel would be formed to pick Senators independent of political affiliation. This also of course could be done without re-opening the Constitution, which would be required for reforms or for abolition (though the LPC doesn’t endorse that).

Its a bold move – bolder then anything Harper has ever done in eight years pontificating on the topic. I suspect it will go over well with the populace.

For myself, personally, I remain a more radical reformer; I prefer the Senate to be reformed to be an elected body, but in the interim, an independent body to pick independent Senators I can live with..at least until the Supreme Court referral comes out to let us know what we can and can`t do, and what approval levels are needed.

4 comments to So this thing happened in the Senate today..

  • kwittet

    I think Warren Kinsella article in the Sun summed up Justins recent so called bold move
    Rookie mistake and shows he shoots from the hip and makes up policy as he goes.
    Shows he is a minor leaguer playing with the big boys.
    Seriously do you guys think this is bold and forward thinking?
    Mistake after mistake shows he has a long ways to go before he should be making important
    decisions for all of us.

  • jrkrideau

    I see no gain in having an elected Senate. If anything it probably would make things worse. Senators spending much of their time fundraising, for personal campaigns as opposed to Duffy-like bagman antics, and much more subject to pressure from both the political leadership of their party and from lobbyists who might make campaign donations.

    An independently chosen appointed senate would seem to be an excellent idea.

    Appoint people with knowledge and integrety and let the Senate be exactly what it was supposed to be “the house of sober second thought.

    From what I have heard and read, senators on various committees tend to be much more knowledgeable about the subject areas and the implications of legislation and regulation than the average MP. They have the time to thoughtfully review issues and are under far less pressure from crass political pressure.

    Remove the political appointee and partisan nature affecting the current members and it sounds like a good institution

  • billg

    I dont know how this will play out but, from an optics point of view it was genuis. Mulcair must be ripping his hair out. Your going to have good days and bad days in politics, this was a very good day for Mr Trudeau and the LPC.

  • Paul

    An independent body appointing Senators? Seriously? I agree with you about an elected Senate. Triple E sounds like actual reform.
    Think Mr. Trudeau would think the same way if he ever had a chance to appoint Senators.
    Oh yeah…not going to happen.

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