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Party leaders dial back ambitions on Senate reform

If big Senate reform is beyond their reach, Canada’s political leaders have different visions of reform writ small.

Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau are both arguing the best way to fix an unelected legislature is to water down its partisanship.

For Stephen Harper, it’s tightening the purse strings. His government has expressed a philosophical objection to freeing the Senate from the bounds of partisanship.