A major news story last week with the scandals involving Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin and the Canadian Senate.
Duffy and Wallin are both former Conservative Senators who have been questioned for their spending reports. They are former because they have resigned based on these allegations.
Interestingly enough, according to a report in the National Post, Duffy and Wallin are amongst the top 10 of all Senators in expense spending. Wallin was second at $369,593 while Duffy was ninth $298,310.
You can read the article here. http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/02/25/pamela-wallin-mike-duffy-among-the-top-10-spenders-in-the-senate-analysis-concludes/
This has lead many to question the actual value of the Senate. A group of people that have been placed, by government. Not elected by the people. For many, it has felt like a patronage appointment. It has given a sense of entitlement for those involved.
The question is, do you think it’s time to abolish the Senate in Canada? Or, are there some sort of reforms that can be considered?