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Manitoba's lone Liberal senator applauds Trudeau's move

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Manitoba’s lone Liberal senator Maria Chaput said today she welcomes today’s decision Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to sweep Liberal senators out of his party's caucus.

Chaput said in a statement the move aims to increase the independence of the Senate.

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"In choosing to solely rely on the Liberal caucus of the House of Commons, Mr. Trudeau has taken a wise and brave decision", Chaput said in a release. "He has also demonstrated that he is responsive to the wishes of Canadians, who have repeatedly stated that they want to see a more independent Senate."

Chaput also said that there have been many discussions on excluding senators from caucus.

"Many of us thought that the abolition of joint caucus meetings with our colleagues from the House of Commons would allow for the Senate to maintain and strengthen its independence," she said. "Today, a major step was achieved in this direction."

Chaput added she believes that Trudeau’s decision is "perfectly aligned" with the mission of the Senate.

"Senators are named to represent Canada in all its diversity. That this diversity can now express itself more directly in the Senate’s activities, free from all partisan influences from the other chamber of Parliament, is a positive development."

Chaput was appointed to the Senate by former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien Dec. 12, 2002. Her date of date of mandatory retirement is May 7, 2017.

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