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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For the first time in the party’s history, a Conservative member has initiated a petition to call a referendum on the party leader. But, the Conservative Party’s president has questioned the online petition’s validity.
Along with his time as House leader, the Liberal MP-elect served under the Wynne government as Ontario’s attorney general, minister of community safety and correctional services, and as labour minister.
With 34 ridings with no incumbent contesting the race and a total of 16 flipped seats, at least 44 new people are projected to join the House's class of 2021, including the first Filipina-Canadian to hold federal office.