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Internal Economy Committee agrees on new Senators-only committee to audit Senate expenses

By Charelle Evelyn      

Senators say the proposed committee should be focused on keeping watch over an internal auditor to be hired to oversee the Red Chamber’s spending.

Senator Grant Mitchell, left, the government liaison in the Red Chamber, says there should be external members on the new committee, while Conservative Senators Scott Tannas and David Wells, centre and right, agree changes are needed to the Senate auditing process, but they're not as concerned with having external audit committee members.
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The Senators who end up sitting on a proposed new committee to oversee the Red Chamber’s expenses shouldn’t be actually examining spending themselves, but ensuring auditors are fulfilling their mandate properly, say members of the committee in charge of overseeing the Senate’s financial and administrative affairs. On Nov. 23, the Senate Internal Economy, Budgets, and Administration Committee voted to send to the Senate for approval recommendations to create a permanent Audit and Oversight Committee. The committee would consist

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