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Senate s new independence so good it should be enshrined in law: Harder

Senate s new independence so good it should be enshrined in law: Harder
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OTTAWA -- The Liberal government s representative in the Senate says changes aimed at making the upper chamber a more independent place have worked so well that they should stay.

Sen. Peter Harder is urging parties vying for power in the Oct. 21 election to promise to change the law so that future prime ministers would also use an independent, arm s-length appointment process to name new senators.

Harder says he thinks Canadians would prefer a less partisan Senate that tries to improve legislation without challenging the political legitimacy of elected MPs in the House of Commons.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brought in the process in 2016 and has since appointed 50 independent senators, who do not sit in any party caucus.

The Conservatives have said they would like to return to the old system where appointments are handled directly out of the Prime Minister s Office, and the NDP is sticking with its long-standing call to abolish the Senate.
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