Senate leaders finally wrapped up negotiations over which committees their members would chair, and how many seats they would receive.
Conservative Senate Leader Don Plett, pictured in conversation with Conservative Senator Linda Frum, says he has negotiated for a member of his group to chair the Rules Committee that will evaluate proposals for reforming the Senate from the rival Independent Senators Group. The Independents will still hold a majority of the seats on that committee in this Parliament. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
A Conservative Senator will chair the Senate committee that could serve as a gatekeeper for changes to the Senate rules and other initiatives proposed by Trudeau-appointed Independent Senators.
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