The Canadian Senate scandal continues to dominate national headlines, as Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy delivered more bombshell allegations.
Duffy claims the Conservative Party gave him not one, but two cheques to cover his disputed expenses and legal fees.
Debate continued Tuesday on motions calling for the suspensions of senators Duffy, Patrick Brazeau and Pamela Wallin, who are at the centre of the ongoing expenses scandal.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been hammered with questions in question period about how much he knew of the deal worked out between Duffy and his former chief of staff Nigel Wright.
With the Brandon-Souris byelection less than a month away, the Brandon Sun went out to speak with residents of the riding to ask:
Will the current scandal in the Canadian Senate have an impact on the upcoming Brandon-Souris byelection?
"I do. The scandal is not helping the Harper government," she said. "My opinion of that is (the senators) should have been fired. Any other job if you were caught being dishonest, I think you would be dismissed immediately … I think a lot of people would probably say the same thing."
"Not really … I’m more concerned with what happened with Chris Kennedy," he said, referring to the controversial Conservative nomination process. "I think we need to see something new in Brandon-Souris. I’m not sure if I’m going to vote, but I would go for Liberals."
"I think it’ll change people’s votes. Yeah, I really do, at least I’m changing mine," she said. "I just think the Harper government needs to pick up its socks and change its ways."
"I think so … That’s overshadowed everything." he said. "They shouldn’t abolish (the Senate), but they should sure change it."
"It doesn’t sound very good for the Conservative party, along with the things that went on in Brandon with their candidate (nomination)," she said. "That’s the main thing that’s deciding my vote."