You already know about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's admiration
of the “basic efficiency" of authoritarian governments.
Last year, Trudeau's Senate Government Leader
advocated for the destruction of the Opposition here,
in the Senate of Canada.
Now, he's launched a new assault on democracy.
His 51-page missive boils down to one simple, dangerous concept --
the Trudeau Government directing Senators –
both Opposition and Independents --
how they should vote and when they should amend legislation.
According to the government’s Senate Leader,
voting in a bloc to support the Trudeau government should be encouraged,
but voting as a bloc against the Trudeau Government
is nothing but partisanship.
It’s curious that the only caucus
Liberals find to be partisan is the Conservatives.
Maybe that's because we are the only caucus
questioning the government and holding it to account.
This is our critical role as the Official Opposition!
And, we in the Conservative caucus
are open and transparent about it.
Trudeau's so-called "independent senators"
cloak their political allegiances in smoke and mirrors.
It’s time they were honest with the Canadian public.
Trudeau's "independent" senators vote 95% of the time with the Trudeau government!
The "Independent Senators Group" is now recognized as a caucus,
gets caucus money, and has caucus leadership.
It certainly acted like a partisan caucus
when its leadership flew ISG Senators back to Ottawa
from their Senate committee trips
in order to vote as a bloc for the Trudeau government's agenda!
The Trudeau government's grand “independent Senate” experiment has failed.
Yet, Trudeau’s Senate Leader blames
the partisanship of the Conservative caucus
for his own inability to shepherd Government bills through the Senate.
The Trudeau government created this unworkable system,
and now they're complaining because it's not workable.
This Senate discussion paper
is the latest example of the long arm of Gerry Butts and the PMO
stretching across the street
and into the heart of our parliamentary democracy.
This Trudeau PMO's fondness for consolidating power
should worry us all.