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Senators worry access bill gives new powers to Speaker, erodes Chamber authority

By Samantha Wright Allen      

‘There’s no problem,’ says Independent Senator Pierre Dalphond, arguing the bill simply creates a ‘safety valve’ to prevent privileged information from being wrapped up in the new mandatory financial disclosures.

The Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, pictured in October, continues its study on Bill-C58. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Two words in a new bill could erode the power of the Upper Chamber and hand it to the Senate Speaker, according to some Senators studying a bill that creates mandatory proactive disclosure of expenses.

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