This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: The sooner we abolish the Senate, the better.
This week’s topic:
Is modern politics served by the Canadian Senate?
The news last week that Senator Pamela Wallin had joined the ranks of three other senators facing expense audits is a not-so-subtle reminder of why the Canadian Senate needs to be abolished.
Senators Mike Duffy, Patrick Brazeau and Mac Harb are each undergoing housing expense claim audits following questions on the legitimacy of where their primary residences are actually located. You see, senators who live more than 100 kilometres from Ottawa are allowed up to $21,000 a year for housing and meals. But Brazeau is known to live in Gatineau, Que., which is close to Parliament Hill, and Harb is known to live in Ottawa. Duffy has even been trying to get a Prince Edward Island medical card to show his primary residence is actually in the Maritimes, but he voted in Ontario last year.
I won’t even get into the idiocy of Brazeau’s Senate appointment in the first place, which speaks to the flaws and cronyism inherent to the selection process…
Read the rest of this week’s column here: http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/02/17/the-sooner-we-abolish-the-senate-the-better
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