Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Senator Aims to Speed Evolution to Non-Partisan Chamber, Sits as Independent

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Senator Aims to Speed Evolution to Non-Partisan Chamber, Sits as Independent

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Liberal senator to sit as an independent

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OTTAWA - A third senator has decided to sit as an independent, hoping to speed up reforms aimed at returning Canada's Senate to its intended role as a non-partisan chamber of sober second thought.

Pierrette Ringuette says she'll no longer remain part of the Liberal Senate caucus.

She's following in the footsteps of Jacques Demers and John Wallace, who recently quit the Conservative caucus to sit as independents in the upper house.

Ringuette is something of a maverick who's been advocating greater non-partisanship in the Senate for some time -- even after Justin Trudeau ejected senators from the national Liberal caucus.

Two years ago, she proposed a "transformation" of the Senate, which would have included creating regional caucuses of senators, rather than party caucuses, and doing away with the offices of government and opposition leaders. …

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