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Enough is enough, new Senate better get its act together

By Jean T. Fournier      

The 'People’s Senate' still has a long way to go. The five areas identified here are only a starting point. We are talking of the building and shaping of the new Senate of tomorrow, not only involving all Senators but all Canadians in a transformative project that will be challenging and exciting.

Senate Speaker George Furey, pictured in this file photo. Insularity, complacency and tardiness are the Senate’s worst enemies and the Senate has to change, writes former Senate ethics officer Jean Fournier. The Hill Times file photograph

OTTAWA—Eighteen months ago, I wrote a lengthy article in these pages titled “Talk is cheap, time to fix Senate rules.” This was a few months after the appointment of the first seven Senators under the new selection process. I identified a number of issues that the Senate needed to address based on my observations during the seven years I served as the Senate’s first ethics officer and my 25 years experience in senior public service positions. The critical areas are related to organization, administration, expenses and legislative planning.

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