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Senators want more control in clerk selection, PMO to butt out

By Charelle Evelyn      

Parliament ‘isn’t an instrument of government,’ says Tory Sen. Housakos, who put forward a motion that the next Senate clerk be appointed ‘with the express recommendation of the Senate.’

A motion in the Senate, introduced by Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, is calling for the government to get the Chamber’s endorsement for the next clerk of the Senate, a role that’s been filled on an interim basis for more than three years. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Senators are looking to send a message to the prime minister that if he truly believes in an independent Senate, he ought to give them a real say in who takes the top procedural job in the Red Chamber. On May 3, the Senate began debating a motion from Conservative Senator Leo Housakos (Wellington, Que.) that, “in the interest of promoting the autonomy and independence of the Senate,” the next clerk of the Senate should be appointed “with the

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