Category Archives: Senate Reform & Related Issues

The Senate: An affront to democracy

This is a guest column; ‘Mihael Willman’ is the pseudonym for a concerned Canadian – JG.

by Mihael Willman

“If you live somewhere for decades and then claim a residence you only visit occasionally as your principal residence, then your comprehension of the English language leaves much to be desired”  – and – “Wallin is entitled to health benefits (she had an OHIP card even though she claims that her permanent residence is in Saskatchewan)…”

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Harper’s Senate: A case of “do as I say, not as I do”

This is a guest column; ‘Mihael Willman’ is the pseudonym for a concerned Canadian – JG.

“For Harper, famous for micro-managing everything in his government, to claim he didn’t know or was unaware of a deal by his Chief of Staff to pay Duffy’s improperly claimed housing allowance, is totally beyond belief. If this was truly the case, then it would mean that he was completely clueless as to what his most trusted aides and staff were and are up to…”

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Senate spending scandals – past and present

This is a guest column; ‘Mihael Willman’ is the pseudonym for a concerned Canadian – JG.

By Mihael Willman

In recent months, every few days a new Senate-scandal has hit the news, raising the ire of Canadian taxpayers and increasing calls for either a reform of the Senate or its outright abolition. Most of the scandals have revolved around spending allowances, questions regarding permanent residence and in the case of one Senator, criminal charges.

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Let’s abolish, not reform, the Senate

This is a guest column; ‘Mihael Willman’ is the pseudonym for a concerned Canadian.

by Mihael Willman

“Unlike ordinary Canadians, the majority of whom have a probationary period before they are considered as permanent employees, senators are secure in their positions from the moment their appointments are announced. No qualifications for the job required, no experience of any kind, just the fact that they happen to personally know the Prime Minister, in whatever capacity, personal friend, political hack, failed candidate.”

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