Consider me one of the millions of Canadians offended by the Senate spending scandal. But it's not for the reason you might think. The auditor general spent around $23 million on this investigation, and found less than $1 million in questionable expenses -- out of $180 million worth of expenses investigated. So we, the ever-patient, ever-indulgent taxpayers, spent $23 million to find out that 0.5 per cent of Senate expenses were questionable. Should we be outraged? Yes, by the dollar cost of the investigation and by the cost to the reputation of Canada's upper house.
“It’s high time the auditor general came into the House of Commons."
“I didn’t know what the Senate was about until I came here,” Tory Senator Nicole Eaton told The Huffington Post Canada.
"“You think they want an audit? And can you imagine if they audited retired MPs?"
OTTAWA — Conservative MPs have rejected a call to have Canada's auditor general take a good look at their expenses — or those
So I bet you're wondering post-G20: Is this the impending end of the world--or an opportunity for a cheap holiday in Greece next year? Even the experts can't say which way the global economy will go: If Greece quits the euro and returns to a devalued drachma, will Spain and Italy be forced to follow? Will Canada's "Little Toot" economy continue to chug along resiliently ahead of the U.S.'s sinking steamship? To help us make sense of all this, we welcomed aboard a new Huffpost contributor, EU expert Jeffrey Cimbalo. His latest post declares the G20 an abject failure. Hmm. Don't start googling discount Olympic Air tickets yet.
As Christmas approaches, what will be the topic of discussion around the kitchen table across Canada? Will it be the language proficiency of the auditor general or will Canadians be ticked off with having to pay far higher prices than Americans for the same items?
Canada will have a unilingual Anglophone auditor general, Conservative MPs decided Thursday. Despite a Liberal boycott of
Liberal Senator Percy Downe wants to know why the feds hired a headhunting firm to find the next AG -- and how much the decision
UPDATE: The recruiting agency hired by the federal government to find a new auditor-general pursued a non-French-speaking