Senate Expected to Debate and Approve a “Comprehensive Audit” by AG

The Senate is getting ready to debate a proposal on Tuesday, which is basically intended to request the auditor general to review senators’ spending claims. It was previously alleged by the government leader in the Senate, Marjory LeBreton that she has decided to introduce a motion allowing the Auditor General, Michael Ferguson, to conduct a “comprehensive” audit of the Senate’s expenses. However, the specifications implied by the word “comprehensive” are yet to be explained, though LeBreton alleged that all options are on the table.

Even though the motion is not likely to be voted upon at least until the end of the day, the opposition senators are anticipated to take their chance of debating the details and particulars of the auditor general’s review. However, regardless to the scrutiny of opposition senators, the Conservative majority in the Senate still implies that the motion will ultimately will passed on successful without a hitch. The Liberal Senate leader, James Cowan, mentioned in a statement on Monday that he doesn’t opposes the idea, though he is still keen to know the details before agreeing to the idea.

Meanwhile, on the other hand, Conservative Sen. Hugh Segal mentioned in a statement that “the auditor general audits what has happened in any fiscal year. A good next step would be proactive disclosure, as followed by ministers, senior public servants and diplomats, where expenditures are posted online and with explanation within 10 days of happening.” He added that “this makes expense management ‘real time,’ which adds the sunlight of timely transparency.”

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