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Punjabi Patrika 

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Liberal Leader takes concrete action to remove partisanship and patronage from the Senate The Leader of the Liberal current Liberal Senators Party of Canada, Justin will become independent Trudeau, today issued the of the Liberal Caucus. following statement: “This is about doing the “Canadians expect their right thing for Canadians leaders to be open and and our institutions. I behonest with them, and they lieve that Canadians are expect us to come forward rightly seeking an effecwith practical solutions tive institution that debates that address problems di- the difficult issues they rectly. The Senate, through are facing today. Equally, extreme patronage and I believe that Canadians partisanship, has become have no desire to re-open an institution that poorly the Constitution. I am takserves the interests of Ca- ing action today with these nadians. reforms, and I hope to earn the opportunity to go “Paired with patronage, further as Prime Minister. the pervasive issue of partisanship and control in the “That is why I am also Senate is a deeply negative announcing today that if I force. We need immediate am elected Prime Minister, action to address this. That I will put in place an open, is why, as of today, the transparent and non-partiNational Liberal Caucus san appointment process will only include elected for Senators. This process Members of Parliament, will be developed working and not Senators. This with experts and informed action will immediately by other non-partisan apmean that each of the 32 pointment processes, such


as that of the Supreme Court Justices and Order of Canada recipients. “Further, as the majority party in the Senate, immediate and comprehensive change is in Conservative hands. I’m calling on the Prime Minister to do the right thing and join us in ending patronage and partisanship in the Senate. All he needs is the judgment and will to get it done. “Taken together, these steps represent the most significant and concrete actions to reform the Senate in its history. At our best, Liberals are relentless reformers. When public institutions fail to serve the public interest, we take bold steps to change them. These proposals will bring real, positive change for Canadians.”

January 31st, 2014  

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