The Senate’s inability to supervise the government’s unprecedented crisis spending is an ‘institutional failing,’ says the leader of the Upper Chamber's largest group.
Independent Senators Group Leader Yuen Pau Woo, left, clashed with non-affiliated Sen. Jane Cordy and Conservative Senate Leader Don Plett over a motion to set up committees to oversee the government's response to the COVID-19 crisis. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Senate leaders are laying blame on each other after a motion to create two committees to oversee the government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis was shut down in the Chamber on March 25.
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CSC says the external reviewers act as a ‘key safeguard’ to the new ‘structured intervention unit' approach, but the researchers say it's precisely that ‘legitimacy’ the oversight lends that makes its failure a problem.
Pressure is mounting on the Canadian government to back the waiver as it has received support from the U.S. and more than 30 Liberal MPs are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to champion the initiative.
The partisan finger-pointing that has defined the debate around Bill C-10 over the past two weeks is rooted in an attempt by the government, and a few MPs, to make sure that influential streaming companies that rely on uploaded content, such as YouTube, are bound by rules designed to promote Canadian cultural content, and protect Canadian broadcasters.