ISG makes push for outside oversight in new Senate audit committee
By Charelle EvelynDec. 19, 2018
Independent Senators says they’re trying to 'accelerate the process’ and build consensus with the Conservatives over external committee membership.
Independent Senators Raymonde Saint-Germain, left, and Tony Dean, right, have been tasked by the ISG to reach out to the Conservative Senate caucus and try to persuade members that a new Senate Audit and Oversight Committee should have non-Senator members. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade and photograph courtesy of Tony Dean’s office
The Independent Senators Group has hit the pause button on the formation of a new committee to oversee Senate spending, in a bid to get external members added to what is currently slated to be a Senators-only group.
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