June 9th, 2015

Canadians are sick of Conservative and Liberal senate corruption

New Democrats agree with the AG – it’s time for ‘transformative change’ in Senate accountability

Canadians are sick of seeing public money wasted on unaccountable Conservative and Liberal Senators, as the Auditor General outlined in his explosive report on Senate misspending released today.

“This report outlines a culture of Liberal and Conservative entitlement and cronyism that has infected Ottawa for far too long,” said NDP Ethics critic Charlie Angus (Timmins – James Bay). “Conservatives were elected on a promise to reform the Senate and fix Ottawa – they failed miserably at both.

Conservatives in the Prime Minister’s Office have tried for months to cover up the spending scandals involving Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin, and Patrick Brazeau – and blamed the whole scandal on a few bad apples. Today’s report from the Auditor General shows that the rot in the Senate ran very deep.

“Canadians are fed up with high-spending, unelected and unaccountable Senators making laws for them,” said NDP Ethics deputy critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont – La Petite Patrie). “The NDP has proposed common-sense solutions to start cleaning up the Senate – but sadly the Conservatives and Liberals block any change.”

This October, finally, citizens will be able to vote for the change they want – and this time, get it.