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Trudeau's surprise move could force party rule rewrite

In a somewhat mischievously ironic twist, it appears that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's decision to strip senators of caucus membership rights may require opening the constitution after all -- the party constitution, that is. 

(Which, to be fair, is considerably more amenable to amendment than the Canadian version.) 

According to a letter sent to party president Mike Crawley earlier today, although Trudeau was operating entirely within his rights when he announced his decision to turf the Upper House contingent from caucus, the party constitution does include "clear roles and responsibilities" that will now have to be "adjusted" to reflect what it describes as "our new caucus reality." 

"We urge the National Board to develop a process for amending the LPC Constitution to remove reference to Senators and to operate immediately in a manner that is consistent with only elected Members of Parliament being part of the LPC National Caucus," it concludes. 

"This should include LPC communications materials and election readiness activities." 

Interestingly, Trudeau is not one of the four signatories: that duty, it seems, fell to Liberal MPs Ralph Goodale, Francis Scarpaleggia, Dominic LeBlanc and Judy Foote.  

 The full text of the letter:

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