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Senate leaders point fingers as deal to oversee government COVID-19 spending falls apart

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.
The Emergencies Act was carefully crafted and revised in the 1980s so that governments wouldn't have to 'reinvent the wheel' when crisis struck, said the former Liberal whip and army commander.
Senators took about two hours to consider the bill, half of which was spent questioning Finance Minister Bill Morneau.
What was supposed to be a quick, co-operative sitting of the House turned into a negotiating stalemate for hours on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25.
While the new Coronavirus spreads across Canada, a supply war between Russia and Saudi Arabia has led to a plunge in the price of oil produced in Alberta.
Senate leaders finally wrapped up negotiations over which committees their members would chair, and how many seats they would receive. 
Two parents, two kids, health (and sanity) on the line.
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The striking of Senate committees was held up by negotiations over the annual budgets for each group in the Senate.
Justice Minister David Lametti wants a parliamentary review to answer questions about MAID for minors and mental illness, but it’s not clear who will be in charge.
A permanent expulsion could be in play if Sen. Lynn Beyak does not pass the Ethics Committee’s next test, says ISG Sen. Kim Pate
‘It’s gotten worse as the Senate has diversified,’ says Lillian Dyck.
A new government bill is coming, the Finance Committee is pulling together its pre-budget report, and a Senate committee could be struck to pre-study the CUSMA trade bill.
Rural Liberals warned that the government’s gun control policies could cost them their seat. Many of them didn’t make it past the election. 
'I’m the happiest guy in the world that I got to do what I would have done for free,and got paid for it.'
The study was 'inspired' by a Senate ethics officer's report that singled out the use of privilege in the Don Meredith case.
‘I spent 20 years in business as a negotiator. I want to see if we can find agreement wherever agreement is possible,’ says the government’s new Senate representative.
Hashing out control over Senate committees will be a priority when the Senate returns.
Facebook's new ad library will make it harder for candidates to discretely court social conservatives for support, says strategist Stephen Carter.
Bloc Québécois MP Stéphane Bergeron says he thinks motions put forward by the Conservatives show signs of a 'partisan temptation.'
Liberal MPs have been asked to hold consultations about the government’s priorities in their ridings, and report back to cabinet.
Sen. Marc Gold has been working as the liaison for the biggest group in the Senate, the ISG.
A Senate subcommittee approved a new policy for dealing with harassment in the Red Chamber before Christmas.
The Canada Proud Facebook page, which is followed by more than 190,000 people, posted a glowing quote about Mr. O'Toole from a column by Toronto Sun columnist Brian Lilley.
The Prime Minister’s Office has three weeks to find a new government team in the Senate before Senators return from the winter break.
Pierre Poilievre will be a 'Conservative classic' option for party members in the leadership contest, says pollster Nik Nanos.
Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez, Justice Minister David Lametti, and Public Safety Minister Bill Blair seem poised to play big roles in advancing the government’s legislative agenda in the 43rd Parliament.
Conservative Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu left a handful of alt-right Facebook groups, some of which he has said he was added to without his consent, and apologized.
'I stand for the diversity, multiculturalism, and equality that this country proudly upholds,' Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu told the Senate Ethics Officer last fall.

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