Canada Senate Scandal

PMO Paid Over $4.1M In Severance Pay | Jason Fekete | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The Prime Minister’s Office coughed up $4.1 million in severance and separation pay over the first seven years of Stephen Harper’s tenu...

Liberals Add Pressure On MPs To Disclose Travel Expenses

CBC | Posted 05.03.2014 | Canada Politics

The Liberals are getting ready to launch a fresh bid to force MPs to publicly disclose all taxpayer-funded travel and hospitality expenses — and th...

Media Bites: Watch Out Liberal Party, Voters Don't Like Elites

J.J. McCullough | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Canadians do not want to be ruled by rich snobs. Such was the conclusion of a big survey commissioned by the Tory government last summer, but only revealed last week. The results exposed a Canadian public deeply critical of what they perceive to be an out-of-touch Ottawa elite comprised of "rich politicians" feathering their nests with perks and privileges "while taxpayers personally struggled to make a decent living." Unfortunately for the Liberals, Canada's got an awful lot more suburbanites than bigshots, and the polls suggest the two tribes aren't exactly on good terms.

Think The Senate Will Ever Change? Keep Waiting

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.21.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Some of the heaviest hitters in the decades-long crusade for reform of Canada's unelected Senate have given up hope that the much-maligned up...

The Case for an Unelected Senate

Sen. Art Eggleton | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Sen. Art Eggleton

We don't need two elected chambers in the Parliament of Canada. One is enough. Imagine the conflicts that could arise between two elected bodies, each feeling they have mandates to represent the people. Just look at the gridlock that exists in the United States Congress. Our system, which is based on the British or Westminster model, has stood the test of time.

Suspended.. But Still On The Public Dime?

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is scrambling to figure out if the suspensions of three of its own senators actually means they're entirely off t...

Why This Man Is The Tory Senate Scandal Punching Bag

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Paul Calandra is the face of the Harper government in the Senate expenses scandal.Paul who?Calandra, 43, has been plucked from relative obscu...

It's Duffy Day (Every Day)

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Senators are to continue looking at a motion today that would see Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau suspended from the red chambe...

Senate To Consider Changing Suspension Motion

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

The Senate may consider alternative punishments for three senators facing suspensions without pay over allegations they made inappropriate expense cla...


CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he will not be swayed by the extraordinary debate heard in the Senate this week as three embattled senators took t...

LeBreton Takes Aim At Duffy

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Sen. Marjory LeBreton refuted Thursday various allegations made by embattled Sen. Mike Duffy about how Prime Minister Stephen Harper, his sta...

Media Bites: A Few Selfish Senators Do Not a Scandal Make

J.J. McCullough | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg At its core, the Prime Minister's role in the Senate expense affair is a story about the elected head of the government of Canada demanding some shred of accountability and ethics from a crooked political institution whose members believe they have no obligation to provide either. That's not a scandal.

18 Senate Scandal Quotes You Need To Know

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.23.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Sen. Pamela Wallin told her side of the story Wednesday as the Senate debated motions to suspend her and colleagues Mike Duffy and Patrick Br...

Tory Senator Calls Out Senate Auditors' 'Low Blow'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An RCMP probe into ineligible expenses claimed by senators is set to intensify just as Parliament resumes with a mid-term throne speech the H...

No Crime In The 'Duffy Cheque': Former House Law Clerk

CBC | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada

A $90,000 cheque from former PMO aide Nigel Wright to Mike Duffy to repay the senator's ineligible expenses may raise questions, but it could be ...

More Canadians Concerned About This Than Health Care, Environment

The Huffington Post Canada | Eric Grenier | Posted 09.06.2013 | Canada Politics

A new poll shows that while jobs and the economy remain the undisputed top national concerns, almost one-in-five Canadians believe corruption and the ...

The Wallin Affair: Another Example of Harper's Poor Judgment

Stephane Dion | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada Politics
Stephane Dion

Earlier this week, the Senate received an independent audit of former Conservative Senator Pamela Wallin's expenses. This report not only confirmed what has been reported in the news for weeks -- that Senator Wallin was involved in submitting potentially fraudulent expense claims costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars -- but it exposed the latest example of Stephen Harper's poor judgment. Either this Prime Minister deliberately misled Canadians or he didn't really inform himself on the facts of Senator Wallin's case, contrary to what he told Canadians. Whichever, it demonstrates a bona fide lack of honesty, integrity and accountability that has become a hallmark of the Harper Conservatives.

Senator: 'Enough Is Enough'

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.21.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - "Colleagues, there can be no business as usual. Enough is enough."The clarion call from James Cowan, the Liberal leader in the Senate, came l...

Operation Senate Salvation

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.13.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Conservative and Liberal leaders in the much-maligned Senate are joining forces to salvage the upper chamber's tarnished reputation.They are ...