There's always plenty to chat about with Kady O'Malley.

On Wednesdays, CBCNews.ca's Politics blogger convenes a "people's caucus" to discuss and debate the issues of the week

Up today:

Patrick Brazeau's now on a forced leave of absence following his assault charges. Outside auditors and legal opinions are being sought for Mac Harb and Mike Duffy. And when The Canadian Press revisited the promised review of Senate attendance rules this week, it found nothing had actually been done about the concerns first raised last summer.

Do you trust the Senate's policing of itself? What does this mean for the credibility - present and future - of the Senate? As the Supreme Court considers the Harper government's proposed changes, what can be done to reform it: can it be less partisanmore electedabolished?

Plus:

What do you make of John Baird's intervention Tuesday to condemn the anti-gay positions of a group that receives CIDA funding - federal development aid money that Julian Fantino still defends?

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