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article imageJustin Trudeau reforms Senate by removing Liberals from caucus

By Richard Mccallum     Jan 29, 2014 in Politics
Ottawa - In a surprise move on Wednesday morning, the Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has added more independent senators to the upper chamber when he removed 35 senators from the Liberal caucus.
In a statement to the nation's press this morning, Mr Trudeau challenged Prime Minister Steven Harper to use the same strategy to change the status of 57 senators who are currently members of the ruling majority Conservative Party's caucus.
"The senate is broken and needs to be fixed." said the Liberal leader
"If the senate serves a purpose at all, it is to act as a check on the extraordinary power of the prime Minister and his office, especially in a majority government."
A link to the full text of Mr. Trudeau's statement is here.
Stephen Harper
Stephen Harper is head of the Conservative party in Canada, and the country's current Prime Minister
Photo courtesy Conservative Party of Canada
The Conservative Party's Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievere responded that the action was taken to serve as a "smokescreen" to shield The Liberal Party from a report by the Auditor General on Senate expenses.
"Not only has the prime minister named to the upper chamber four citizens who were previously elected by citizens in of province of Alberta,"
said the federal minister,
"the prime minister has also asked The Supreme Court for a legal instruction manual on how we can make all senators elected."
When asked about the surprise action taken by Mr Trudeau the official Leader of the Opposition Tom Mulcair for the New Democratic Party stated,"Better late than never.But why stop at 32? We want to get rid of the senate altogether.
As reported in Digital Journal the Canadian Senate has been plagued by scandals concerning expenses and other issues throughout 2013.
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