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New Senate group eligible for $191,000 for rest of the year, but funding source up in the air 

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Conservative Senators' questions over new Canadian Senators Group’s purpose are ‘sour grapes,’ says interim leader Senator Scott Tannas.

Last Parliament, Senator Scott Tannas sat on the powerful Senate Internal Economy as a member of the Conservative caucus, and now he’s asking the group to decide how to fund the upstart Canadian Senators Group he helped form after the election. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The newly formed Canadian Senators Group expects to get its fair share of committee seats, and its interim leader says the group hopes to pull from a Senate surplus to cover its startup costs, despite Conservative Senators questioning if funds could come from existing caucus budgets. 

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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