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VIDEO: Put “incompetent” Senate under 3rd party management, ex-law clerk muses

Retired House of Commons Law Clerk Rob Walsh offered Canadians a salient and timely observation about three senators who put themselves in charge of the review of their own expenses

June 8, 2015

Retired House of Commons Law Clerk Rob Walsh is offering Canadians a salient and timely observation about three senators who set-up the review of their own expenses.

Those Senators are “incompetent,” said Walsh.

And as if sensing Canadians’ chins were collectively nodding in agreement, Walsh offered another good point in his interview Sunday on CTV Question Period with Bob Fife:

“It’s almost got to the point, Bob, where I think the Senate needs to be put into a trusteeship. I think the leadership doesn’t know how to manage its institution.”

Last week, word got out that three of Canada’s top senators had been been flagged by the Auditor General for improper expenses — on the Conservative side, Senate Speaker Leo Housakos and Government Leader Claude Carignan; on the Liberal side, Opposition Leader James Cowan.

Why is that a problem?

The trio just happened to take control of the committee responsible for responding to the audit “shortly after they would have been alerted to being flagged in the report” and set-up the arbitration process to adjudicate disputes over the AG’s findings.

And just a reminder: we are talking about the same Senate that launched a witch hunt on charities, passed a law demanding “transparency” from First Nations (it turns out they were fairly paid after all) and are now set to pass a similar law targeting unions (although one Senator did throw a temper tantrum when a prominent lawyer told him the Senate of Canada should take a look in the mirror).

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The Canadian Senate’s long, long, looong history of shameful behaviour

An embarrassing history.

June 5, 2015

The Senate sure is getting a bad rap these days.

Maybe that’s because details of Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s scathing audit, to be officially released next week, are leaking out — and they’re devastating.

The audit flags 21 cases of improper spending by Senators, including the three most powerful leaders in the Senate for the Liberals and Conservatives. The trio just happened to take control of the committee responsible for responding to the audit “shortly after…