Scheer stands by pledge to end Trudeau's experiment with less partisan Senate - 2019-09-29
Liberal MP Seamus O'Regan, who served in Trudeau's cabinet, said he can't understand why Scheer would want to go back to the days when the prime minister alone picked people who were commonly derided as "party hacks, flacks and bagmen" to sit in the Senate and vote entirely along party lines.
"I don't get it," O'Regan said in an interview. "Why? What constituency is asking for that again, except for the most hardened partisan Conservatives? I mean, who looks at it now and thinks that Lynn Beyak was an inspired choice? And where does it leave us (in future) — Sen. Ezra Levant?"
Beyak was booted out of the Conservative caucus last year after she refused to remove letters from her website that the Senate's ethics officer subsequently ruled contained racist content about Indigenous Peoples. In May, senators voted to suspend her without pay for the remainder of the parliamentary session.