Harper’s plan to appoint eighteen new senators to the Senate is not a sharp reversal on his policy, as some have said it is. Instead it is a move that helps him go forward with his Senate reform policy. If Harper does not appoint senators and the coalition manages to take power, his Senate reform plans would be set back even more. This would be because, the coalition, no doubt, would appoint Liberal senators, ones who would not go along with senate reform. This would prevent Harper from reforming the Senate if he got back into power. By appointing senators, which will all be favour of Senate reform, Harper will be able to go forward more easily on his Senate Reform policies, which otherwise would not be passed.