Senator Downe is Vice-Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration, and is also on the Executive Committee of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association. Prior to his appointment to the Senate of Canada, he served as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada.
It is tempting to think of trade negotiations as technical exercises best left to departmental officials. But the reality is that these agreements can affect regions in profound ways. If Canadians are to be well-served by these negotiations they deserve to have their parliamentarians actively involved in exercising oversight.
Recent developments with regards to overseas tax evasion, as well as the broader issue of the management of operations at the Canada Revenue Agency, have come at an opportune time. Prime Minister Harper's recent changes in the senior ranks of the public service have created an opening at the top of CRA, representing a golden opportunity to revitalize the troubled Agency.
11/09/2012 11:52 EST
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