Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Senators Had Their Chance, Now It's Time to Go

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Senators Had Their Chance, Now It's Time to Go

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Editorial Exchange: Senators had their chance, now it's time to go

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An editorial from the Summerside Journal-Pioneer, published June 10:

Maybe Mike Duffy's not so bad after all, or at least no worse than many of his contemporaries.

Following the latest revelations of their spending abuses, Canadian Senate leaders in Ottawa now say they have, and continue to, rein in the questionable spending habits of those in the Red Chamber.

It's worth noting that not every senator in the Red Chamber is guilty of purposely, or unwittingly, bilking the Canadian taxpayer. Take, for instance, recently retired P.E.I. Senator Catherine Callbeck, and sitting Island senators Percy Downe and Elizabeth Hubley, none of whom have their names on the list of accused in the report released Tuesday by auditor-general Michael Ferguson.

In that report, the Globe and Mail newspaper noted Wednesday, "Ferguson revealed a series of cases of senators abusing the public purse, either by wasting taxpayers' money or getting the public to pick up their personal expenses. In particular, Canadians paid a number of senators to go on fishing trips, play golf, attend hockey games, go on holidays, own two homes or get a staffer to bring a personal car back home to Halifax from Ottawa."

This is not good news. It's not good news for Canadian taxpayers and it's particularly bad news for the already beleaguered Senate that has become somewhat of a national whipping boy as misdeed after misdeed makes its way into the public sphere. …

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