He dumps all his senators
In one fell swoop this week Justin Trudeau stood Stephen Harper on his head and proved once and for all he does have policy.
He kicked all 32 Liberal senators out of his Liberal caucus and told them that from now on they are all “independent” senators and they don’t have to answer to him.
But he is no longer responsible for them. Whatever trouble they get into, they are on their own. He won’t answer for them.
Imagine if Prime Minister Stephen Harper had that kind of freedom from his “bad boy” senators.
Trudeau’s totally unexpected move is the most dramatic change to Senate partisanship since John A. Macdonald ran the country.
So much for Harper going around saying Trudeau is trying to “defend” Liberal senators.
Compare Trudeau’s inspired move to that of Harper who has been talking for seven years – but not doing much – about reforming the Senate except for asking the Senate if it’s okay constitutionally for him to reform the Senate. Talk about passing the buck.
To put the cherry on top of the cake, Trudeau challenges Harper to do the same and free his own senators from allegiance to the conservative Party and from forever taking their orders from Harper’s office, the same staffers that former Conservative Senator Mike Duffy called “the boys in short pants” who were always telling him what to do.
Imagine for a moment if an “independent” Conservative senator Mike Duffy, caught up in the Senate “expenses” scam, had come crying to Harper’s office, one of Harper’s “short pants” boys could have sent Duffy packing, telling him not to let the door hit him on the way out.
Instead Harper’s office jumped head-first into the Duffy mess and dug its own hole even deeper than Duffy had dug his.
How much more fortunate Harper would be today to have Justin Trudeau in his office advising than hammering him from across the aisle in Parliament.
Just imagine all the legal and constitutional trouble Harper will be getting himself into when he tries to open up the constitution in his effort to produce “elected” senators somewhere down the line – if he ever gets around to it – if the Supreme Court allows him.
And what about Thomas Mulcair? For the senate to be abolished as Mulcair wants, first, he has to get elected, and then he has to open the constitution – there’s a Pandora’s box -- and then get everybody in the Senate to agree with him. Good luck Tom!
Compare all this to Trudeau’s surprise “no-fuss” solution. He’s the one who looks like a smart guy in all this.