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Stephen Harper speaks in the House of Commons on Jan. 28, 2014.
Stephen Harper speaks in the House of Commons on Jan. 28, 2014.
(CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS)

Trudeau’s move doesn’t solve the Senate, but does make problems for Harper

The Liberals have finally come up with a policy on the Senate, and Justin Trudeau’s problem is that it doesn’t fix what’s fundamentally wrong. Stephen Harper’s problem is that it aims at one widely despised part of what’s wrong.

Mr. Trudeau’s grand gesture, sweeping Liberal senators out of the party’s parliamentary caucus, was a theatrical flourish to claim action toward the main promise: that he’d take the partisan hackery out of the Red Chamber, if he and his party take power.