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.