An original plan for a new structure west of West Block is no longer in the works, says Senator Scott Tannas, as Senators claim space in new Wellington Street development for offices when East Block is refurbished.
Senators have taken up residence in their new interim Chamber in the Senate of Canada Building, but with more renovations on the Hill on the horizon, the Internal Economy Committee made some decisions about where offices will be located once East Block goes out of commission. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Senators agreed to a new plan for an interim home for their offices when East Block is closed and emptied for upgrades, which could include new buildings along the Wellington Street block.
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'It’s a question of the Crown and its relations with Indigenous people and chiefs. It’s not a question of getting their views to a parliamentary committee,' says Green parliamentary leader Elizabeth May.
Plus, the heritage minister says recommendations made by an expert broadcast review panel will be used to inform a forthcoming government bill, which he expects to table before the House rises this summer.
The three-member working group set up by the House Board of Internal Economy in 2019 to oversee Centre Block’s renovation was disbanded with the last Parliament, and discussions are now underway on its successor.