It’s time to abolish the Canadian Senate. I’ve had it. Enough is enough. The recent scandals over its lack of financial prudency and colossal waste of taxpayers money is enough to drive even the most ardent supporter over the edge. I don’t know about the rest of Canadians, but I for one have had it seeing my tax dollars wasted by these privileged, elitist, inept charlatans.
What is it going to take before all Canadians remove their heads from the sand and stand up and say ‘we’re not going to take it anymore’? Do Canadians willingly like seeing their money frittered away by unelected millionaires? Apparently they do, otherwise there would be an even bigger outcry than what we are seeing and hearing right now.
For those not privileged to know what has been going on in our great country, here is a little background: The Canadian Senate is stacked with unelected, rich, elites appointed by the Prime Minister of the day to represent their political party. All are paid with taxpayer dollars and can stay in their post until they die or retire at age 75. The Senate is the last place a bill goes to either die or pass. (Funny, because I thought that Parliament was the place this was supposed to happen – anyway, I digress). All Senators have expense accounts, which is where the latest kerfuffle was brewed. It appears that a number of Senators have submitted false living expense claims.
In an era where the economic climate has regular people living paycheck to paycheck, month to month and year to year, these already-rich elites have the gall to attempt to pull the wool over our eyes? Their salaries and expenses are outrageous. I think it’s a great idea that these people (who are already rich, have no mortgages and vast, vast, vast investments) should be appointed to steal the taxpayers money. What a great idea! Every one of them should be given their pink slips.
Of course as Canadians, we can’t get rid of them because they’re appointed, not elected. Even if they were elected, we can’t get rid of the Senate because it would require the constitutional consent of the provinces. Since that is never going to happen, guess what? – we’re stuck with them, these scoundrels. You can almost hear them chuckling with demented glee that once they’re in, they can freely mash their hands into the cookie jar of public funds.
Something is rotten in the country of Canada and it’s the public trust of elected officials. No matter who you vote in, the party thinks that your support gives them free rein to pillage and plunder your tax dollars. Once they’re in there, it’s ‘avast me hearties!’ and ‘anchors away!’ as they sail off with your bounty. It boggles the mind how many billions of dollars are wasted each year on salaries and pensions and expense accounts for politicians and their partisan cronies in the Canadian Senate. It boggles the mind how much good could be done with the waste – eliminate the debt, build affordable housing, lower tuition for trade schools and universities, fix the broken health care system, fix infrastructure… instead, it’s waste, waste, waste on financial scandals like the Canadian Senate.
It’s going to take a full sized political suicide pill to get rid of the Senate. The Reform Party (I mean the Conservatives… I always get those two mixed up) and the Liberals have too much at stake and too many sloths at the trough to do it. The NDP… well, if they ever govern Canada, you might as well turn out the lights before you leave. The country will be bankrupt before the NDP Prime Minister drives up to 24 Sussex Drive. Their mantra of abolishing the Senate is one of the few things it has going for it. It’s a good mantra, but in reality, it’s not going to happen.
I’m afraid we’re stuck with the Senate. The only way it can be abolished is by a politician with the chutzpah to do it. The best we can hope for is senate reform. I’m afraid it won’t happen anytime soon. Something has to be done. Unfortunately, the people who will do something about it are the same people at the trough.
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