Conservative Senate Leader Sen. Claude Carignan (The Canadian Press)However, in a bid to reduce partisanship in the Senate, Trudeau kicked all senators out of the Liberal caucus two years ago. There is consequently no government leader in the Senate at the moment, although a government "representative" is to be eventually chosen from among the first five senators named under Trudeau's newly launched appointment process. The government is creating an arm's-length advisory board to recommend non-partisan nominees for Senate appointments. Government House leader Dominic LeBlanc has said the Senate will have to reform its rules and procedures, all of which are geared to having a governing party caucus and an opposition party caucus, to reflect the less partisan nature of the Senate envisioned by Trudeau. LeBlanc has himself suggested that inviting ministers to answer questions in the Senate could be one way to adjust the rules. Carignan says holding the government to account is an important part of the work of any legislative chamber, including the Senate.
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