Justin Trudeau shocked pretty much everyone this morning when he announced that he was removing senators from the Liberal caucus in a bid to “end partisanship in the Senate.” The news appears to have been unexpected, even to the 32 Liberal senators themselves.
Twitter was abuzz after the unexpected news, with reactions from politicians, journalists, and ordinary citizens.
The Conservative Party Twitter page did not comment, but individual Conservatives made their feelings known:
The NDP responded swiftly, with @NDP_QP linking to a statement on their website that pointed out Trudeau’s vote against an NDP “proposal from last October to “end Senators’ partisan activities” and remove Senators from party caucuses.” NDP MPs’ tweets include:
Unsurprisingly, Liberal MPs tweeted their support for their leader:
Generally, reactions about the news were mixed, ranging from cynical to supportive. Some questioned whether this was a strategic move by Trudeau to distance himself from the senators ahead of an expense report by the auditor general. Others were skeptical that the move would produce any real change in the Senate.
However, many Canadians thought it was a step in the right direction and a strong display of leadership.
Others responded with humour: