Leo Housakos

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Editorial: New, improved Senate? Let Canadians see for themselves

Leo Housakos, the chair of Senate committees overseeing budget and communications, boasted of the chamber's new attitude in a Postmedia opinion column earlier this year.

Terse email scuffle a sign of infighting amid rising frustrations in more-independent Senate

Leo Housakos of playing “partisan games” and giving a “blatant misrepresentation” of facts to the press after Housakos accused the government of blocking his motion...

Trudeau-appointed senators holding up probe of Bombardier loan, Tory senator says

Leo Housakos told . Liberal senators voted Thursday to postpone debate on Housakos' motion asking the Senate transport committee to look into the details of...

Senate considers outside oversight committee - www.kingstonregion.com/

Senate considers outside oversight committeewww.kingstonregion.com/Leo Housakos and Senate Liberal Jane Cordy, who lead the internal economy committee, say the options include an independent oversight committee...

Senate to claw back portion of Mike Duffy's salary

Leo Housakos, chairman of the upper chamber's internal economy committee, says the Senate must now garnishee Duffy's salary under the dispute resolution policy set up...

Mike Duffy's Salary To Be Clawed Back In Latest Senate Expense Dispute

(Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP). A spokeswoman for Sen. Leo Housakos, chairman of the upper chamber's internal economy committee, says the Senate must now garnishee Duffy's salary...

Mike Duffy tells Senate he won't repay $17000 in disputed expenses

“This is an administrative matter between Senator Duffy and Senate finance,” Senators Leo Housakos and Jane Cordy said in a joint statement on July 8.

Crown drops Senate expense charges against Patrick Brazeau

Leo Housakos, chairman of the Senate's internal economy committee, confirmed Brazeau is now back in the Senate in full standing with access to all the...

Patrick Brazeau's Fraud, Breach Of Trust Charges Dropped

The Globe and MailLeo Housakos, chairman of the Senate's internal economy committee, confirmed Brazeau is now back in the Senate in full standing with access...

Senate insists Duffy must repay nearly $17000

... The Canadian Press. Senators Leo Housakos and Jane Cordy said in a written statement to that Senate finance has reviewed documentation submitted by...

Senate saga drags on and on and on

Journal Pioneer"The Senate remains steadfast in its commitment to transparency, efficiency and accountability, with respect for taxpayers' dollars as our guiding principle," reads a statement...

Mike Duffy challenges Senate's demand to repay $16955 in expenses

Senator Mike Duffy's lawyer is appealing to the "good parliamentarians" in the Red Chamber to quash a demand his client repay $16,955 in ineligible expenses.

Senators frustrated with secretive decision to drop 'independent' titles

On Thursday, the committee chair, Conservative Senator Leo Housakos, defended the committee's actions. Speaking on the floor of the Red Chamber, Housakos apologized, saying "I...

AG's $24-million Senate audit value questioned as high-profile RCMP cases dropped

(subscription) (subscription)The press release further said that the new disclosure model will be enforced in the fall and the “infrastructure is being built to...

Senator Leo Housakos, reporter Althia Raj spar on Twitter over leak allegations

(Members of the committee argue the leak violated their parliamentary privilege); In December, Huffington Post bureau chief Althia Raj wrote an article naming then Senate...

Senators grill auditor general over report leak

The auditor general said a number of people had access to the information about the total number of senators implicated, including members of the Senate...

Senators grill auditor general over expenses report leak

The auditor general said a number of people had access to the information about the total number of senators implicated, including members of the Senate...

Beating a dead horse: Why can't Senate Conservatives let the Duffy affair go?

(subscription) (subscription)It's as black and white as it gets — though you'd never know that from the course events have taken since the senator's...

Senate governing committee may review Duffy expenses, despite trial verdict

(subscription) (subscription)Conservative Senator Leo Housakos, the committee chair, told The he has asked the head of the Senate finance directorate to provide him...

@Kady: Senate to boost transparency by sharing new details on contracts

“This decision is another example of our commitment to openness and accountability,” said Senator Leo Housakos, Chair of the committee. “It is an essential step...

Canada's auditor general seeks mandate to regularly audit Senate expenses

Senators Leo Housakos and Jane Cordy, who chair the Senate committee on internal economy — the committee that essentially administers the Senate — said calling...

Senate moves to make Senators disclose more about their expenses

Still, according to the Senate, the system will help it save on administration costs because it will streamline the way expenses are reported. Conservative senator...

Mike Duffy considers bid to have legal costs reimbursed by Senate fund

To access the fund applicants need to apply in writing to the Senate steering committee, which is made up of three senators: Conservatives Leo Housakos...

Docking Mike Duffy's pay well within Senate rules: Housakos

But Senator Leo Housakos, chair of the Senate's internal economy committee, told CTV's Question Period with 's Robert Fife on Sunday that he does not...

Likely no 'appetite' in Senate for giving Duffy back pay: Housakos

Sen. Leo Housakos told CTV's Question Period that following a judge's ruling last week that cleared Duffy of 31 charges, including fraud and bribery, the...

These senators want change and know they can't afford to fail

If we can do this, I know in my heart that the Senate will resume its rightful place as an institution worthy of Canadians' trust...

Duffy should be repaid lost wages, Senate ally argues

But Conservative Senator Leo Housakos, the committee's chairman, said the only way for Mr. Duffy's back wages to be repaid is through a motion tabled...

Senate, auditor general done with Sen. Mike Duffy's case

In a statement, Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos and Liberal Sen. Jane Cordy, the chair and vice-chair of the Senate committee that oversees spending, said Duffy,...

Some senators regretful of actions, now that Duffy found not guilty

“We… might have maligned him a little bit prematurely,” admits Conservative senator Leo Housakos, who is head of the internal economy committee and one of...

Former Senate HR director still talking to RCMP about alleged fraud: lawyer

(subscription) (subscription)The office of Sen. Leo Housakos has provided The with an RCMP letter dated April 5 that says the Mounties have closed...

Senate expense rules that snared Duffy, others undergo quiet overhaul

Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, chairman of the internal economy committee, said the goal of the review is to “remove some of the ambiguity” and further...

7 retired senators face legal action over expense payment default

The chair and deputy chair of the standing committee on internal economy, budgets and administration, senators Leo Housakos and Jane Cordy, issued a statement: "The...

Payment deadline looms for former senators

Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, chairman of the internal economy committee that oversees Senate spending, said in a statement that the Senate is looking for an...

@Kady: Senate committee hired lawyer to correct media record on 'backroom deal'

After several rounds of correspondence between Delaney and the Global News team, committee co-co-choirs Leo Housakos and Jane Cordy – a Conservative and a Senate...

@Kady: Should the Senate share more details on its spending plans?

In fact, she noted, earlier that same day, Senator Leo Housakos, who serves as co-chair of the internal economy committee, had described it as “transparent...

Ethics watchdog investigating Sen. Colin Kenny over use of office staff

“The Senate has been clear all along that it is willing to take legal action to recoup any money owing,” said Jacqui Delaney, a spokeswoman...

@Kady liveblog replay: Senate finally launches long-delayed probe into expense report leak

... read the final version. Just before the Senate rose for the summer, Hervieux-Payettewas able to convince then-Senate Speaker Leo Housakos to send the matter...

Senators flagged for 'questionable' expenses still owe $660K

Six more senators have paid back money they owed from filing "questionable" or ineligible expenses, yet some $660,000 is still outstanding — and the Senate...

14 senators swept up in expenses scandal learn what they must pay back today

The chair of the Senate Board of Internal Economy, which oversees all spending in the Senate, is Senator Leo Housakos. He is expected to react...

Two N.S. senators cleared by RCMP for expenses

Cowan, who was Senate opposition leader at the time the auditor general released his findings, also says his expenses were above board, but opted to...

Justin Trudeau names seven new senators

... adequately the Senate of Canada. The only exception I take is to this charade that Trudeau is parading around, pretending that somehow they are...

RCMP clears 24 senators named by auditor general

The Quebec senator, who was appointed to the Senate on the advice former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, was one of two sitting senators Auditor...

Binnie sends rulings on 14 Senators who challenged AG's report to Senate registrar

(subscription) (subscription)Jacqui Delaney, director of parliamentary affairs to the Senate Internal Economy Committee's chair Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, declined to specify a date when...

Meet Senator Leo Housakos – SenCA Plus

Who inspired you to get involved in public life? My father was my greatest inspiration to get involved in public life. It was always and...

Former Senate HR director considers going public with details of his firing

(subscription) (subscription)Quebec Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, chairman of the Senate's Internal Economy Committee, declined an interview request last week to discuss the termination of...

Liberal senator frustrated by lack of progress in reforming Senate

Massicotte, who did not respond to a request for comment Thursday and who did not send the email to the Star, has long been calling...

@Kady – Sorry, senators, you don't have a right to a government rep in the Red Chamber

Just before the Senate broke for the holidays, Conservative Senator Leo Housakos — who, up until days earlier, had served as speaker himself — attempted...

Ethics officer resumes probe of senator

Ricard was asked to look into Meredith's conduct last June by Leo Housakos, then Speaker of the Senate, who believed the alleged relationship with a...

@Kady: The hunt for who leaked the Senate expense report is still on. Kind of.

A brief recap, for those who tuned out midway through the circuitous continuing saga: Just before shutting down for the summer, senators agreed to send...

@Kady's Watchlist for Feb. 2 – Guess who's coming to Parliament Hill? (The auditor general!)

... which newly appointed Senate Speaker George Furey recently ruled does indeed constitute a potential breach of privilege — the same conclusion as that reached...