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Senate’s back to business: pre-clearance bill under scrutiny, says McCoy

By Peter Mazereeuw      

The Indigenous rights bill S-3 will be another one to watch, but the action may not play out on the Senate floor, says the Independent Senators Group's facilitator.

Senator Elaine McCoy is nearing the end of her time as the facilitator of the Independent Senators Group, with a new leader scheduled to be elected on Sept. 25. Senator Peter Harder, the government's leader in the Chamber, has a fairly light load on his plate at the moment, with just three bills and a message on Bill S-3 in the Senate, but that will change quickly. The Hill Times file photograph

Both Chambers of Parliament are back to work, and bills about border security, grain transport, Indigenous rights, and impaired driving are the ones to watch in the Senate. Bill C-23, the Preclearance Act, 2016—currently at second reading in the Senate—will be the subject of “an interesting debate,” said Sen. Elaine McCoy (Alberta), the outgoing "facilitator" of the Independent Senators Group (ISG), which will soon overtake the Conservative caucus as the largest group in the Upper Chamber. The act

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