Politics, Policy

Talk is cheap, time to fix Senate’s rules

There is urgency now to strengthen the accountability, transparency, and governance of the Senate's expense management system.

The responsibility for overseeing Senators' expenses should be separated from those of the Standing Senate Committee on Internal Economy, headed by Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, and assumed by a committee chaired by the Speaker of the Senate with outside members who have relevant experience. The standing committee is currently in a potential conflict of interest when it advises on, and approves, or otherwise, the expense claims of its own members or of other Senators.

The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright

By JEAN T. FOURNIER

PUBLISHED : Monday, June 13, 2016 12:00 AM

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