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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'I think the issue with racialized people not returning to work is more about whether or not they’re going to be hired,' says Arjumand Siddiqi, who holds the Canada Research chair in population health equity.
'If the 10 MPs are articulating the position for Nova Scotia, I would like to think the government would consider that as a strong indicator of what's happening on the ground,' says Liberal MP Darrell Samson says.
House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.
Though late and largely unconvincing, the PM's testimony helps ensure the government’s points, rather than mere speculation, are litigated in the public square instead, says Garry Keller of StrategyCorp.