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Another interesting piece on the evolution of the Canadian Senate - this time from a retiring Senator. For my part, I can imagine that the Senate may simply evolve it's own internal party system to address the business of getting things done. Party affiliations already exist among Senators now, and it's all the likely that they will continue to do so. The very ineffectiveness of unaffiliated Senators will, over the long run, simply motivate them to gravitate to like-minded groups - they may simply be less formal and internally disciplined than House parties.

As former Senate leader James Cowan prepares to leave the Upper Chamber, he’s warning that major reforms introduced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to lessen partisanship threaten to transform the legislative body into a passive advisory panel.

Sen. Cowan (Nova Scotia), who will step down on Jan. 22 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age for Senators, cautions that the disbanding of the government Senate caucus by Mr. Trudeau (Papineau, Que.) and the absence of partisan affiliations of new appointees could conspire to make the Upper Chamber a significantly less effective institution.

“We need to organize. You get more done if you work with other people. For me, that means that Senators will inevitably, and should be encouraged, to work in groups,” he said in favour of the Senate remaining structured as a Westminster-style legislative body like the House...

Ex-Senate Liberal leader Cowan says Trudeau's changes could radically transform Upper Chamber into passive advisory panel - The Hill Times - The Hill Times

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