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Canada's Trudeau tosses all 32 Liberal senators from party to 'remove patronage'

OTTAWA--Canadian Liberal leader Justin Trudeau on Wednesday tossed all 32 Liberal senators from his opposition party.

"There are no more Liberal senators," he announced.

The eldest son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau said the surprise move was to "remove partisanship and patronage from the Senate," which he called a "deeply negative force."

The senators stripped of their Liberal ties will now sit as independents, he said.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Tory government has long sought to reform Canada's Senate, but faces opposition from several provinces fearing a dilution of their share of Senate seats, and from senators themselves.

He has asked the Supreme Court for its opinion on its proposals to reform or abolish the Senate.

The main opposition New Democratic Party meanwhile wants the upper house simply abolished and its 105 members shown the door.

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