The Senate Internal Economy Committee, the board overseeing Senate budgets and administration, was tasked with deciding whether or not to allow the “Independent Senators’ Group” a mid-year funding increase of $262,066. In addition to their existing budget of $722,000 (approved in December 2016), this would bring the total ISG budget to $1.06 million. Following pointed questions about this significant mid-year increase from Senator Denise Batters, Trudeau-appointed “independent” Senator Moncion dismissed these concerns over $262,000 of additional taxpayers’ dollars as “micromanagement.”
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(November 30, 2017)