Abolish the Senate

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Like most people across the country, I am once again appalled by the corruption in our glorified Senate. Conservative senators have been flagged again as having routinely charged Canadian taxpayers for their travel expenses, including paying for their wives.

It may have been another joke but a former member of the Senate rules committee indicated that “the honour system amongst senators wasn’t working,” while some senators claimed that rules need to be tightened.

I, for one, am sick of the entire bunch of hypocrites.

What an absolute abuse of taxpayers’ money.

It’s sickening to see 100 senators blow over $100 million annually and still, it is not enough.

Make no wonder young Canadians are turning their backs on politics in this country.

You certainly wouldn’t call the members of the Senate exemplary leaders by a long shot.

They have no respect for the value of the Canadian dollar and certainly none for the people of this country, who work hard to make the money which pays their ridiculously excessive salaries.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was only half right when he recently set Liberal senators adrift to sit as independents.

Supposedly, it was a move to re-establish the old guard as an institution of sober second thought rather than what it is today — an institution that is drunk on power, self-importance and glorification.

We know where the prime minister sits on this particularly jagged fence. He talks about an elected Senate and then sits back and does nothing.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is the only national leader who has stated publicly that he would abolish the Senate.

The Senate is ineffective and

corrupt, unelected and corrupt, unequal and corrupt.

It is nothing more than a sham and a coverup by many who slurp daily at the taxpayers’ trough with no accountability.

To them it must seem like an endless money pit which is continuously overflowing with abundance, their own land of milk and honey. This whole charade has gone on far too long.

Isn’t it time to let the air out of this white elephant?

Isn’t it time that action be taken by someone — anyone — who has a backbone in federal politics to stand up for the taxpayers of this country and abolish the Senate?

No more repeals.

No elections.

No more fixes. No posturing. No laughing all the way to the bank. No more committees to seek changes. No red herrings. No more reforms. No transparency. No accountability.

The Senate has nothing to offer the citizens of Canada today or in the future.

Isn’t it time to stand up to this outdated and corrupt “has-been” of an institution and move it out of our political arena for good? Let’s not just do half the job, let’s move to abolish the Senate now.

P.J. Dwyer

Gander

Geographic location: Canada

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  • Doug Smith
    February 21, 2014 - 08:34

    Mr. Neary, no thinking person needs or wants an unelected political body making laws for them to live by. The Canadian senate has more in common with the former Soviet Union than the bastion of democracy, the United States. Perhaps, you could ask yourself, what is it about democracy that makes you uneasy. Doug Smith, Grand Falls-Windsor

  • Pierre Neary
    February 20, 2014 - 19:48

    I have to disagree. I will agree that reform is needed. The two house system is needed for a democracy. I do like Trudeau's idea of a party free Senate. For a senate to operate correctly is should be independent of party influence. More accountability is obviously needed as well.