Appointing defeated candidates to senate is the kind of thing you celebrate with a double Jamieson and beer chaser. It is a bottomless belly full of laughter.
The media and opposition are howling in volcanic indignation. If the howling is genuine and thought-through, they will engage the PM in a serious and consequential conversation on democratic reform.
In fact, given opposition howling, this should be an agenda they start pushing like crack in the projects. Otherwise, they'll have no comparative advantage on this subject. Yet another agenda item that came from scary Stephen Harper five years ago and is now nearly universal across the Canadian political spectrum.