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Power play: ISG Senators now equal to Conservatives, but unclear if Independents will get top committee positions

By Abbas Rana      

New Brunswick Sen. David Richards joined the Independents Senators Group last week, and Nova Scotia Sen. Stephen Greene is also considering joining the ISG.

Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, top, chair of the Senate Internal Economy Committee, one of the most powerful committees on the Hill. Conservative Sen. Scott Tannas, above left, Liberal Senators Jane Cordy and Mobina Jaffer, and Conservative Sen. Elizabeth Marshall, all pictured Sept. 28. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
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PARLIAMENT HILL—The 36-member Independent Senators Group is now the same size as the Conservative Senate caucus, and will soon be the largest in the 105-member Red Chamber, but the ISG Senators still may not get the senior committee positions proportionate to their numbers this fall if the Conservatives and Liberals strike a deal and keep their hold on the 21 committees and subcommittees. “If they gang up, they’ve got the majority,” said Alberta Ind. Sen. Elaine McCoy, the

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