Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Need Rules When the Money's Free

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Need Rules When the Money's Free

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Editorial Exchange: Need rules when the money's free

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An editorial from the New Glasgow News, published June 10:

And this is the political body of sober second thought? The average Canadian on a drunken spree couldn't spend money like these guys.

Auditor general Michael Ferguson's comprehensive audit of senators' spending has revealed what should be a lot of eye-openers - if people hadn't already had a good idea of what was coming. What's more, the revelations show lax rules regarding expense claims were in place with self-monitoring - they basically made it up as they went along.

So much for finding Mike Duffy, the suspended senator currently on trial, guilty of breaking any rules. It's looking more and more like he was just following routine.

It's all fun and games until somebody gets caught. Then at that point we look for ways to shut the stable door after the horse is gone.

Nova Scotians will remember the spending scandal involving provincial legislature members that hit just as the NDP were taking office. The excesses were carried out by members of all parties, so again, a case of loose rules and people carrying off unguarded loot. …

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