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Commitee to hold closed-door weekend confab on MP expense transparency

So, remember how earlier this week, the New Democrats submitted a formal request for an emergency meeting of the procedure and house affairs committee to start looking at how to make MPs' expenses more transparent?

Well, in what could be seen as an act of not so subtle procedural passive aggression, the chair has summoned committee members back to the Hill for a rare Sunday afternoon session -- one that will take place behind closed doors, no less. 

As a result, there will be no record of what may or may not go down during the in camera confab, which means that there's not even any point in advising you all to stay tuned, but if anything changes, I'll update this post. 

In any case, it's worth noting that even if the Conservatives were to use their majority at the committee table to support the proposal to start work on its planned study on replacing the secretive board of internal economy, the looming prorogation would bring any such extra-sessional activities to an immediate halt. 

Still, with the controversy over the Senate expense scandal showing no signs of dying down any time soon, you'd think that MPs would want to do everything in their power to preemptively reassure Canadians that Commons denizens are just as keen to protect the public purse. 

 

  

Tags: blackberry jungle, committee watch, procedure and house affairs

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