Justin Trudeau says unelected senators have no business rewriting federal budget – Politics

Justin Trudeau reminded senators Friday that they’re unelected and have no business rewriting a federal budget passed by the elected House of Commons.

The prime minister said he respects the role senators play in providing sober second thought to legislation.

Indeed, having instigated a new appointment process aimed at making the Senate more independent and less partisan, Trudeau said he actually encourages senators to scrutinize legislation and recommend improvements.

But he drew a line at the government’s budget implementation bill, as senators debate whether to hive off the portion of it that deals with creation of a new infrastructure bank.

“It’s important to understand that the House of Commons has the authority when it comes to budgetary matters,” Trudeau said during a news conference with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.

“I very much respect and encourage…

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