Let senators look after their own houses
I don’t know why we subsidize senators for their own homes. I can understand housing in Ottawa and “reasonable” travel expenses, but surely with the salary and perks they can look after their own house. I am almost 60 years old and I really can hardly recall anyone in Parliament or the Senate who deserves the title “Honourable.” It’s a sad thing to say.
He said ... she said ... they said
When looking at the current Canadian soap opera called “Senators and Politicians,” it seems we are faced with stories, statements and new allegations that don’t just change daily, but sometimes hourly. There are so many versions that it is almost impossible to know just who is telling the truth, if any of them are! I have a solution! Connect every MP and senator to a lie detector machine, and we will know in a hurry just who is telling the truth and who is not. Unless, of course, the power overload blows all the fuses in the Red Chamber and House of Commons, and they will all be left in the dark. Just as Canadian citizens are at the present time!
Who should be held accountable?
Let’s say that I owned a restaurant and I had to hire some servers. Would I hire inexperienced people, give them a pad of paper and tell the to start taking orders? If they got orders wrong, spilled food all over the customers and acted rudely, the customers would hold me accountable. Now let’s say I was a prime minister and I had to hire some senators. If I put inexperienced people in these positions and they failed to do their job properly, would I not be held accountable? I guess not.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 1, 2013