Justin Trudeau is sweeping Liberal senators out of his party's caucus in a bid to restore its intended role as an independent chamber of sober second thought.
The surprise move was announced today after he informed the 32 Liberal senators. The Liberal leader says the move is aimed at reducing partisanship in the Senate, which he says is at the root of the Senate expenses scandal along with extreme patronage.
Trudeau says the Senate is broken and needs to be fixed.
He argues making Liberal senators independent is a first, concrete step towards reducing partisanship and is challenging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to set free the 57 Conservative senators.
If elected prime minister, Trudeau says he'd go further and appoint only independent senators after employing an open, transparent process, with public input, for nominating worthy candidates.
The Harper government has asked the Supreme Court to advise whether it can unilaterally impose term limits and set up a process for ``consultative elections'' of Senate nominees.
Most provinces maintain such reforms require a constitutional amendment approved by at least seven provinces with 50 per cent of the country's population.