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Independent Senators still most likely to vote with government, but less and less

By Charelle Evelyn, Samantha Wright Allen      

The percentage of Senators appointed by Justin Trudeau who vote in line with Government Representative Peter Harder has dipped to 84.2, but Tories say it’s still high enough to question their independence.

As the largest group among the 97 Senators, the support of the Independent Senators Group, which has 46 members, is essential for government bills to pass. The Hill Times file photograph
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Independent Senators, who make up the largest group in the Red Chamber, are the collective most likely to vote in step with the Liberal government, but as time passes and more of their ilk get added, that cooperation is decreasing. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can still count the most on the Independents he appointed to vote with his representative in the Senate, Peter Harder, 84.2 per cent of the time, according to a Hill Times analysis of recorded

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