01/30/2014 01:34 EST | Updated 04/01/2014 05:59 EDT

Nova Scotia Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil supports Trudeau's Senate move

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says he supports the decision by federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to expel senators from his party caucus.

The Liberal premier says the move gives the newly independent senators freedom and the ability to vote in the best interests of the people they represent.

There are now eight senators in the province, four of whom were Liberals before they were booted Wednesday from the party.

McNeil says he is confident that the former Liberal senators will continue to support Nova Scotia Liberals as they see fit.

In all, 32 senators were dismissed from the federal Liberal party.