Trudeau decision a positive step

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Editor: I'm surprised by the claim of ‘undemocratic’ leveled against Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's decision to exclude Senators from the Liberal caucus. Currently, all Senators are appointed by one man, the member from the district of Calgary Southwest, who received 43,000 direct votes in the last election — and who, by the way, has made notoriously poor, highly political choices. How is that democratic?

Moreover, why do we assume Trudeau's unspecified selection process will exclude elected members? It's an assumption designed to disparage. The key here is that the former Liberal Senators, who of course remain Liberals by choice, are no longer subject to the leader's discipline or the partisan planning of caucus. They are paid to represent the regions of the country, and to provide sober second thought, and they can now do that without direct political interference — without putting the interests of their party first. How could this be anything but a positive step?

Mark Belfry,

Charlottetown

Geographic location: Calgary Southwest, Charlottetown

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