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Senator James Cowan, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, talks to reporters in the Foyer of the Senate on Parliament Hill Thursday May 23, 2013 in Ottawa.
Senator James Cowan, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, talks to reporters in the Foyer of the Senate on Parliament Hill Thursday May 23, 2013 in Ottawa.
(Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Trudeau can boot senators, but most have deep ties to the Liberals

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau booted senators out of his caucus this week, saying he wanted to create distance between elected and unelected Liberal parliamentarians.

In explaining his decision to reporters on Wednesday morning, Mr. Trudeau said the party structure within the Senate was preventing it from doing better work. “I’ve come to believe that the Senate must be non-partisan, composed merely of thoughtful individuals, representing the very values, perspectives and identities of this great country, independent from any particular political brand,” he said.