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Senator Marjory LeBreton talks to media in Senate Foyer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Thursday, May 9, 2013 regarding an audit on Senators housing expenses
Senator Marjory LeBreton talks to media in Senate Foyer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Thursday, May 9, 2013 regarding an audit on Senators housing expenses
(Sean Kilpatric/THE CANADIAN PRES)

A cabinet devoid of senators could prove to be a problem for Tories

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It is perhaps not surprising that Stephen Harper is contemplating a cabinet devoid of senators.

It was under Liberal prime minister Pierre Trudeau that the job of Leader of the Government in the Senate officially became a cabinet position. Mr. Harper has demonstrated an interest in distancing himself from measures introduced by governments of that stripe.