The Senate leaders will negotiate how to split committee seats and chairs between four Senate groups in the new Parliament, and numbers will matter.
Canadian Senators Group interim leader Scott Tannas, ISG Leader Yuen Pau Woo, Progressive Senators Group Interim Leader Joseph Day, and Conservative Senate Leader Don Plett. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Editor’s note: this story has been updated online to reflect Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais’ and Senator Percy Downe’s decisions to join the Canadian Senators Group on Monday.
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