Expert Raises Q’s About Senate “Ushers”; Officials Deny Security Role

At the Senate’s Internal Economy Committee, Deputy Chair Senator Denise Batters questions Senate administration officials about a sole-source contract (with a private security firm) that broke Senate procurement rules, which only came to light due to a journalist’s questions. Senate administration contends that this contract was required for “ushers” to facilitate movement for visitors in the new Senate Building. They insist these ushers have no security role.Yet, noted security and defence expert

Stephanie Carvin tweeted this on the day of the first Globe and Mail article about this issue: “Well that would explain why I was stopped by ‘ushers’ four times on my way to the viewing gallery.”
Senator Denise Batters asks the Senate’s Corporate Security Director about this apparent contradiction.

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(May 30, 2019)