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Conservative Values

Stephen Harper now, at least, has a Senate policy for the election

Stephen Harper unveiled his new policy on the Senate Friday: Death by retirement.

The prime minister said he will formalize his de facto moratorium on Senate appointments, which, if the policy takes, will see Patrick Brazeau as the last man snoozing in 2049 (on condition the suspended senator's suspension is lifted).

Long before then, the Red Chamber will have ceased to function, if no new appointments are made. There are currently 22 vacancies in the 105-seat upper house. If Harper wins a majority and follows through with his plan, there will be a further 23 empty seats by the time of the next election in 2019.

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