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Senators want to run new committee to oversee their own expenses, reject AG’s call for an independent oversight body

By Peter Mazereeuw      

The chair of the Senate Internal Economy Committee, currently weighing the proposal, will likely change hands soon, with an ISG Senator taking the reins.

Independent Senator Raymonde Saint-Germain, her group's deputy facilitator, currently sits on the Senate subcommittee that proposed a new committee of Senators to oversee expenses in the Upper Chamber. That ran partly against the advice of Canada's auditor general Michael Ferguson, centre, who proposed in 2015 that a committee independent of the Senate do that job. Conservative Senator David Wells chaired the Senate Estimates Subcommittee that made the proposal to Senators on the Internal Economy Committee on Oct. 26. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade and The Hill Times file photographs

Five years after the Senate expenses scandal began, a Senate subcommittee wants to create a new, permanent committee of Senators to oversee auditing and expenses in the Upper Chamber, despite recommendations by Canada’s auditor general and the government’s representative Sen. Peter Harder that such a committee should be independent of the Senate.

Feds strike working groups to tackle delayed MMIWG action plan

Groups say they're pleased to see Ottawa picking up the pace, while the Ontario Native Women’s Association says its exclusion 'makes zero sense' and means some women will fall through the cracks in the conversation.

Diplomats raised concern for safety of Canadian-supported female White Helmet members days before daring 2018 rescue, emails show

News|By Neil Moss
'I feel it is worth noting that Canada pushed for [White Helmets] to include women and funded their efforts to recruit and train women. Now those women are in even more danger,' a GAC official wrote.

Half-hour ‘House parties’ on Zoom: MPs adjust to the transition to electronic voting

'There’s a lot of talent; it’s not just political rhetoric. We do have our moments. At the end of the day, we’re just people,' says NDP MP Lindsay Mathyssen of the range of musical talent among MPs.

Co-managed approach, self-governing fisheries the answer to long-simmering lobster dispute, says Senator

The Conservative, NDP, and Green Party critics all say the federal government has failed to act to address tensions.

‘Do better, America’: Hillites, politicos, and journos weigh in on first U.S. presidential debate

News|By Palak Mangat
'All Joe [Biden] had to do last night was show up,' says former prime minister Brian Mulroney. 'He showed up, and he did better than that, he performed quite well. Not in a superior fashion, but quite well.'

New Senate art display is the first ever to feature Black artists

Manitoba Senator Patricia Bovey is pushing to see more diversity represented in the art hanging throughout the building the Upper Chamber calls home, calling the new display the ‘first iteration’ of those efforts.

Senate committee approves $460,000 budget for 11-member progressive group

The powerful Internal Economy Committee also agreed to move some procurement discussions from behind closed doors in a bid to be more transparent about its contracts.

Feds trumpet uncertain WTO reform to protect Canada from trade whims of superpowers

News|By Neil Moss
The efforts of the Ottawa Group were part of just a select few foreign policy priorities mentioned during the Throne Speech, ahead of a 'disappointing' move by the U.S. to appeal a WTO softwood lumber ruling.

Canada’s pandemic spending ‘barely sustainable,’ says PBO, projecting $328.5-billion deficit

News|By Palak Mangat
New PBO figures do not capture the possibility of any new government programs, and work off the assumption that there will be a 'gradual' relaxing of public health restrictions within the next 12 to 18 months.
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