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Talk is cheap, time to fix Senate’s rules

By Jean T. Fournier      

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

OTTAWA—With the recent appointment of seven distinguished and non-partisan Senators, chosen from a short list of 25 people recommended to the prime minister by the newly-established independent advisory board on the appointment of Senators, a new selection process is now in place, as promised by Justin Trudeau. And we will shortly be able to recommend ourselves, friends, and others for appointment to the Senate, similar to how Canadians have been nominated to the Order of Canada since 1967. In a matter

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