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Leaders, committees, and floor-crossing: Senate faces tough choices post-election

By Peter Mazereeuw      

Liberal Senate retirements could be a 'pivot point' that decides whether or how the Senate is reshaped in 2020, says ISG Sen. Elaine McCoy.

Independent Senator and ISG facilitator Yuen Pau Woo, left, will face a leadership review in the next few months. Conservative Senators David Wells, second from left, and Don Plett, far right, are contesting the leadership of the Conservative Senate caucus on Tuesday. Liberal Senate Leader Joseph Day, centre, will retire in January. Senate Speaker George Furey has now served four years in the role, and the PMO wouldn't say last week whether he would be asked to stay on as Speaker at the start of the new Parliament. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, file photograph, photograph courtesy of Senator David Wells

Senators are beginning to plot out their approach to the 43rd Parliament, with questions about who will hold key positions of power among the many that they will have to resolve in the coming months.

Peter Mazereeuw

Peter Mazereeuw is a deputy editor for The Hill Times covering politics, legislation, and the Senate.
- peter@hilltimes.com


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