Today (December 22nd) Prime Minister Stephen Harper bit the bullet and made 18 appointments to the Senate.
We’ve already heard some bitching and complaining from some corners, but it was an astute move on his part. Do it now before the possibility of a non-confidence vote once parliament is recalled and the risk of the Liberals (or a coalition) taking over the government and making the appointments instead.
Some commentator thought that he did it over the Christmas period where it would get less play in the media.
It seems obvious that Harper had held off on the appointments hoping he would be able to initiate Senate reform and have Senators elected. Having been re-elected with another minority government it was obvious that this was not going to happen in the foreseeable future so he played out his hand and made the appointments.
Some of those appointees have already acknowledged that they will step down and run for the positon should Senate elections be held.
All in all, a good move by the Prime Minister.