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Trudeau wishes he could turn back the clock

By Sheila Copps      

Trudeau has underscored the importance of a Senate, which is free from the shackles of party politics. But now his government faces the real possibility that this independent Senate could kill the bill.

Elbowgate: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lost his temper on May 18 when he marched across the House Chamber, grabbed Conservative Whip Gordon Brown by the arm, and unintentionally elbowed NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau in the chest. Screen capture image from CPAC
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OTTAWA—Silly season came early to Parliament this year. That particular pre-summer condition usually emerges in mid-June, when ambitious governments are anxious to tidy up their legislative agenda and cranky MPs just want to get out of Ottawa. Late-night sittings abound, MPs’ tempers flare and crazy things happen. Add to the mix a Parliament that jumped into an aggressive work mode after an exhausting 11-week election marathon and you have the possibility of a toxic atmosphere. Just such an

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