It's not easy being a Senator


Locutus
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Senate launches investigation of senators’ primary residence claims



OTTAWA — The Senate will conduct an internal audit to determine if its members are actually living in the locations they claim for expenses purposes.

The Citizen reported this week that Conservative Senator Mike Duffy and Liberal Senator Mac Harb, both longtime Ottawa residents, have each billed more than $30,000 for maintaining “secondary” homes in the city.

Senate rules allow senators to claim up to $21,000 annually in accommodation and food expenses while in the National Capital Region — away from their declared primary residences in their home provinces.

The Senate’s committee on internal economy, which sets rules for senators’ spending, announced Thursday that it has asked the Senate administration to “conduct an audit to assess whether all senators’ declarations of primary and secondary residence are supported by sufficient documentation.”
The audit will be performed by the Senate’s audit branch. It is expected to assess whether tax records, drivers’ licenses or other documentation support senators’ claims to live in their primary residences.


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Senate launches investigation of senators
 
EagleSmack
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Geez... the Canadians need a lesson from our Congress. Simply make themselves exempt from these petty audits. Laws are for the serfs.
 
L Gilbert
No Party Affiliation
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#3
lol Betcha there'll be a big scramble to forge lots of documents supporting thrifty spending.
 
tay
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Patrick Brazeau was everything the Conservatives were looking for — photogenic, youthful, dynamic — and in the end, too much of what they didn’t want.

Controversy. And plenty of it from his first days on Parliament Hill.


Prime Minister Stephen Harper touted the achievements of this “distinguished” Quebecer when he tapped Brazeau to join the Senate in December 2008.


He was just 34, an Algonquin from Maniwaki, Que. who was national chief of the Congress of Aboriginal People, an articulate representative for aboriginals living off-reserve.


Initially, Brazeau wanted to keep that job — and collect the six-figure salary that went with it — along with his new Senate salary of some $130,000 a year but soon gave up the congress posting.

But there was other baggage at the time too — complaints from former staffers at the congress and questions about Brazeau falling behind in child support payments.


Since then he has sparred with Liberal MP Justin Trudeau in the boxing ring and sparred with opponents on Twitter — his handle is @TheBrazman — and not always come out the winner.


He was forced to apologize after he directed a slur at Canadian Press reporter Jennifer Ditchburn after she exposed his spotty attendance record in the Senate.


And his campaign for greater “accountability, responsibility and transparency” for First Nations has also been divisive. While it has endeared him to fellow Conservatives, it’s put him at loggerheads with many in Canada’s First Nations community.

Those tensions came to a head in recent weeks as Attawapiskat chief Theresa Spence staged a lengthy liquids-only diet to bring attention put First Nations concerns.


Brazeau was skeptical of her hunger strike and took aim at Spence after an audit revealed big problems in accounting on the Attawapiskat reserve.


Kitigan Zibi Chief Gilbert Whiteduck, from near Maniwaki, slammed Brazeau’s “total lack of understanding of issues facing First Nations.


“Rather than acting responsibly, Senator Brazeau has been and continues to act in a rogue manner,” Whiteduck said in a news release.


On Thursday, Senator Lillian Dyck, a member of the Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan, told CBC News that Brazeau had “no credibility” and called him a “laughingstock.”



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Senator Patrick Brazeau goes from ‘distinguished’ to ‘rogue’ | Toronto Star
 
SLM
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I would question why any of them get to have primary and secondary residences paid for by taxpayers at all. They don't represent constituents the same as MPs do, there really is no reason for them to maintain a residence anywhere but in the National Capital Region. The bulk of the workload and responsibility takes place in Ottawa.
 
Sal
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

I would question why any of them get to have primary and secondary residences paid for by taxpayers at all. They don't represent constituents the same as MPs do, there really is no reason for them to maintain a residence anywhere but in the National Capital Region. The bulk of the workload and responsibility takes place in Ottawa.

Absolutely. If any party wants to endear itself right now, the way our hearts is to show fiscal responsibility by removing all of the political pigs from the troughs.

works for me.
 
tay
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Well of course. Senators under our system are simply 'patronage' appointments and the biggest waste of money for no return I can think of.

Still waiting for Stevie to reform the Senate.............



Duffy’s ‘neighbours’ in P.E.I. say they haven’t seen the senator

Controversy rages over Senator Mike Duffy’s residency declaration, as P.E.I. residents say it’s obvious his cottage isn’t a year-round home.


Duffy’s ‘neighbours’ in P.E.I. say they haven’t seen the senator | Toronto Star
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

Absolutely. If any party wants to endear itself right now, the way our hearts is to show fiscal responsibility by removing all of the political pigs from the troughs.

works for me.


That trough is just too big and full of goodies ...............slurp slurp..........oink oink........yep feeding time on the hill. Wheee, a freee chopper riide!!...........Oh look !!!...............GAZEBOS !!!

Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

Geez... the Canadians need a lesson from our Congress. Simply make themselves exempt from these petty audits. Laws are for the serfs.


Seems to work for the 1%, E.S.
 
Sal
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

That trough is just too big and full of goodies ...............slurp slurp..........oink oink........yep feeding time on the hill. Wheee, a freee chopper riide!!...........Oh look !!!...............GAZEBOS !!!

I know what you are saying. We are in dire straights now... we have to pull ourselves out of this hole. I think no one would want everything to go to crap while they are at the helm... it is something one will never recover from. I hope, HOPE, our leaders get that and start yanking chains in. Starting here. It may be small but it makes it just a little more risky to reach for the cookie jar when you know for a certainty you will be slapped and that there are few cookies in the jar.

Before the jar was filled and no slap was going to happen.

We need to start lopping off hands...
 
taxslave
No Party Affiliation
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

Absolutely. If any party wants to endear itself right now, the way our hearts is to show fiscal responsibility by removing all of the political pigs from the troughs.

works for me.

How about adding government unions in there?
 
Sal
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

How about adding government unions in there?

Oh FOR sure. At the top, they are just a corporation that is self serving.

I do think there was a need and corporations need other corporations to keep them in check but sometimes I wonder it it is just all one big circle jerk with us idiots caught in the middle.
 
Cliffy
Free Thinker
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#12  Top Rated Post
New Commemorative Pistol
Ruger is coming out with a new pistol in honor of the
Canadian Senate.
It will be named the
"The Senator."

It doesn't work and you can't fire it.







 
Simple Man
Free Thinker
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and in true spend a dollar to save a dime fashion I suspect the audit will probably cost more than the indiscretions.
 
taxslave
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

New Commemorative Pistol Ruger is coming out with a new pistol in honor of the Canadian Senate. It will be named the "The Senator."
It doesn't work and you can't fire it.

Quote has been trimmed, See full post: View Post
Rumor has it there is a 22 cal version coming out called the unionist. Has the same problems.

Quote: Originally Posted by Simple ManView Post

and in true spend a dollar to save a dime fashion I suspect the audit will probably cost more than the indiscretions.

Doesn't matter what the audit costs. Ideally fines for breaking the law should cover the cost and we get all the stolen money back. IMO those caught committing fraud should loose their seats AND pensions.
 
dumpthemonarchy
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by tayView Post

Well of course. Senators under our system are simply 'patronage' appointments and the biggest waste of money for no return I can think of.

Still waiting for Stevie to reform the Senate.............



Duffy’s ‘neighbours’ in P.E.I. say they haven’t seen the senator

Controversy rages over Senator Mike Duffy’s residency declaration, as P.E.I. residents say it’s obvious his cottage isn’t a year-round home.


Duffy’s ‘neighbours’ in P.E.I. say they haven’t seen the senator | Toronto Star


And Duffy is hard to miss!

Time to abolish the Senate, along with the Crown of course. So many millions spent for so little return. Democracy would not suffer an iota with the loss of these two rotten 19th or 15th century relics. They are junk in the modern world. Filled with hacks and hangers-on, we don't need them. Why pay?

Our political system is a little immature, we can't reform these relics so they must be abolished. Its an all or nothing proposition, reform is not possible due to unanimous consent requirements.
 
FiveParadox
Liberal
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Quote: Originally Posted by dumpthemonarchyView Post

And Duffy is hard to miss!

Time to abolish the Senate, along with the Crown of course. So many millions spent for so little return. Democracy would not suffer an iota with the loss of these two rotten 19th or 15th century relics. They are junk in the modern world. Filled with hacks and hangers-on, we don't need them. Why pay?

Our political system is a little immature, we can't reform these relics so they must be abolished. Its an all or nothing proposition, reform is not possible due to unanimous consent requirements.

To abolish the Crown or the Senate, you would also need unanimous consent.
 
Goober
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by dumpthemonarchyView Post

And Duffy is hard to miss!

Time to abolish the Senate, along with the Crown of course. So many millions spent for so little return. Democracy would not suffer an iota with the loss of these two rotten 19th or 15th century relics. They are junk in the modern world. Filled with hacks and hangers-on, we don't need them. Why pay?

Our political system is a little immature, we can't reform these relics so they must be abolished. Its an all or nothing proposition, reform is not possible due to unanimous consent requirements.

"Democracy is the worst form of Government..." - Richard M. Langworth

Many forms of Gov*ern*ment have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pre*tends that democ*racy is per*fect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democ*racy is the worst form of Gov*ern*ment except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…
 
dumpthemonarchy
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by FiveParadoxView Post

To abolish the Crown or the Senate, you would also need unanimous consent.

Quebec voted to eliminate its upper house a few years back. So it can be done.

Unanimous consent is childish, it is a sign of an immature political culture because it smacks of inequality and privilege. Which is what the Senate and Crown are. "My work is special, no one can change it."
 
Spade
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

"Democracy is the worst form of Government..." - Richard M. Langworth

Many forms of Gov*ern*ment have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pre*tends that democ*racy is per*fect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democ*racy is the worst form of Gov*ern*ment except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…

Is the appointed Senate democratic?
 
Goober
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

Is the appointed Senate democratic?

The question should be do we need a Senate that can act. A Parliament that is comparable to the UK party and backbencher system.
 
FiveParadox
Liberal
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Quote: Originally Posted by dumpthemonarchyView Post

Quebec voted to eliminate its upper house a few years back. So it can be done.

Unanimous consent is childish, it is a sign of an immature political culture because it smacks of inequality and privilege. Which is what the Senate and Crown are. "My work is special, no one can change it."

Of course it can be done.

When the Parliament of Québec abolished the Legislative Council, this was through a simple amendment to the provincial constitution. The process for the abolition of the Senate would be a much more comprehensive one, and would require the consent of the Senate, the House of Commons, and all ten provincial legislatures. This is not childish at all—rather, it is to ensure that the Canadian people's regional interests are defended.
 
tay
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"When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'" -- U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919



Canada owes Senator Mike Duffy an enormous debt of gratitude -- and I'm not kidding.

Who else but excommunicated-Conservative Duffy could single-handedly put the issue of reforming or abolishing the Senate at the top of the national agenda?

Who other than Duffy has created the worst crisis for the Conservative government since it was first elected in 2006?
The Duffster has caused more headaches for the Tories than even the Bloc Quebecois separatists, for goodness sake!

And he did so simply by filing outrageously inappropriate housing and travel expenses, and then getting Prime Minister Stephen Harper's top staff person to give him the cash to pay them back when caught.

When that came out, chief of staff Nigel Wright had to resign -- talk about Duffy genius!

But even more, it was ex-TV reporter Duffy alone who highlighted gross hypocrisy and an egregious broken promise, by reminding Canadians that when Harper and many Conservative MPs were Reform Party members they wanted a Triple E Senate -- elected, effective and equal.

But instead of pursuing a reformed Senate, Harper gave us one that is Triple U -- unelected, unethical and untenable.


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The Tyee – Defending Mike Duffy





 

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