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UPDATE: Trudeau Boots Senators From Liberal Caucus

Liberal Leader says Senate is broken.

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.

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  1. john posted on 01/29/2014 10:50 AM
    so Justin brown noser has kicked the lib senators out of power . back to kissing ass again ea Justin ? he is just buying votes that all it is .

    he stole the ideal form Harper . u can tell

    he is still not getting my vote i dont care .
    1. julia posted on 01/29/2014 11:24 AM
      @john he may have taken the idea from Harper, but Harper never used the idea so he lost it.
  2. John posted on 01/29/2014 11:10 AM
    good on Justin. He's thinking ahead. He will score a lot of points on this.
    Let's see what Mr. Harper does. How serious is he?
  3. Robin posted on 01/29/2014 11:54 AM
    Well done!!
    Finally a thoughtful, realistic approach to returning the Senate to it's original purpose.
    Exactly what this country needs, a simple doable solution. This will result in a lot of support!
    1. Mark7 posted on 01/29/2014 12:05 PM
      @Robin Some people are so easy to deceive. Do you want a child running this country?
  4. victor posted on 01/31/2014 09:34 AM
    never voted Liberal and never will, unless.....Bravo on Justin! Another serious stunt like this before the elections and he gets my vote.
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