At a surprise meeting Wednesday morning, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau told his Liberal Senators they were all fired from the Liberal caucus. The move caught everyone off guard – most of all, Trudeau’s own Senators and staffers, including the Liberal Senate leader.
As Glen McGregor reported, the decision to kick all 32 Senators from Liberal caucus was a closely guarded secret discussed "by a small circle of advisors." Those included uWaterloo professor Emmett Macfarlane and Matthew Mendelsohn, Director of the public policy think-tank The Mowat Centre.*
* Update: February 8, 2014: This article was initially published with a statement that the idea to kick all Senators from the Liberal caucus came from professor Emmett Macfarlane and Matthew Mendelsohn. According to Macfarlane, the idea to kick the Senators from caucus was already a formulated idea by the time he had a conference call with Trudeau, and his only role was to advise on the potential constitutional concerns of a number of potential Senate reforms.