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Senate Internal Economy committee goes public, challenges House BOIE to do same

By Abbas Rana      

Government House Leader Dominic LeBlanc is working on legislation to make Board of Internal Economy meetings public, according to his press secretary.

The 15 members of the Senate’s Internal Economy Committee, pictured top left to right, row by row: Chair Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, Deputy Chair Liberal Sen. Jane Cordy, Conservative Sen. Denise Batters, Ind. Sen. Larry Campbell, Conservative Sen. Norman Doyle, Liberal Sen. Mobina Jaffer, Conservative Sen. Daniel Lang, Conservative Sen. Fabian Manning, Conservative Sen. Elizabeth Marshall, Liberal Sen. Jim Munson, Conservative Senators Larry Smith, Scott Tanas, David Tkachuk, David Wells and Liberal Sen. Percy Downe. Photography courtesy of the Senate of Canada

The Senate’s Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration Committee—the powerful governing body of the Senate—has decided to open up all its meeting to the public and is challenging the secretive Commons Board of Internal Economy (BOIE), which oversees all of House financial and administrative issues and meets only in-camera, to follow suit. The Senate’s Internal Economy held its first open meeting last Thursday, at which the 15 committee members discussed a variety of issues including the status of former Senators’

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