Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Well, Justin, Good On You
Justin Trudeau's decision to abolish the Liberal party's Senate caucus is a bold and democratic move. The Senate is supposed to be independent, the best and the brightest, chosen on the basis of their accomplishments and service, to provide 'sober second thought' as a damper to a hyper-partisan and unruly Commons.
Stephen Harper has utterly perverted the Senate. He's the first prime minister in Canadian history to appoint only loyal Conservatives to the upper chamber. He now has it full of his dutiful sock puppets. His manipulation of the Senate was revealed in how the PMO handled the Duffy-Wright affair. In the process Harper, with the obedience of his Senate stooges, has transformed the Senate of Canada into just another partisan political agency of the prime minister's office.
I rarely have much good to say about Margaret's boy but I will give him full marks for this. Who knows, he may surprise me again.
Update: prowling for reaction among the usual suspects it became obvious that the more invested one is with the Liberal Party the greater the likelihood that you object to Trudeau's move. Which leaves me convinced that the Liberal Party is best appreciated when you keep it at arm's length.