The dust is settling after what seemed like an unorthodox move by Justin Trudeau .
The leader of the Liberal party acted decisively Jan. 29 when he kicked all 32 Liberal senators out the Liberal caucus. This means that Liberals in the House of Commons and Liberals in the Senate will no longer work together, reducing political partisanship in the upper chamber.
The 32 senators immediately reorganized themselves as the Senate Liberal caucus.
Trudeau has positioned himself, and his campaign, against partisanship and patronage in the upper chamber.
So, despite the bold move made by Trudeau, does anything change? The answer is, maybe.
<blockquote lang=”en data-scribe-reduced-action-queue=”><p>RT this if you support our plan to end partisanship and patronage in the Senate. <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23cdnpoli&src=hash”>#cdnpoli</a> <a href=”http://t.co/3bjezxJOYW”>pic.twitter.com/3bjezxJOYW</a></p>— Justin Trudeau, MP (@JustinTrudeau) <a href=”https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau/statuses/428583329764347904″>January 29, 2014</a></blockquote>
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This move is part of a two-step plan to reform the senate.
The first step is to force all senators to act as independents. By kicking out all 32 liberal senators Trudeau forced the other party leaders to respond.
Step two would stop the practise of the Prime Minister appointing Senators and replace it with Senate elections.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is dismissing the action.
Leader of the New Democrats, Tom Mulclair, is calling it a step in the right direction, The Canadian Press reports.