Se­nate: Con­ser­va­teur Broke Their Prom­ise Says Rousseau

Brazeau af­fair re­opens de­bate on rel­e­vance and man­date of this 19th cen­tury relic

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Af­ter promis­ing for years to re­form the Se­nate to make it more trans­par­ent and demo­cratic, Stephen Harper’s Con­ser­va­tives went back on their word and we’re al­ready see­ing the con­se­quences, said New Demo­crat MP Jean Rousseau (Comp­ton-Stanstead). When he ran for Prime Min­is­ter of Canada for the first time in March 2004, Stephen Harper com­mit­ted to re­form­ing the Cana­dian Se­nate. “I will not ap­point sen­a­tors. Peo­ple sit­ting in Par­lia­ment must be elected by the peo­ple they rep­re­sent,” he said at the time. “De­spite t he Con­ser­va­tives’ re­peated prom­ises of re­form, Harper has ap­pointed more sen­a­tors than Mul­roney,” said Rousseau.

Ap­pointed for life by Stephen Harper in 2009, Se­na­tor Brazeau, who is cur­rently fac­ing crim­i­nal charges, could cost Cana­dian tax­pay­ers up to 7 mil­lion dol­lars if he sits un­til the age of 75. Other Con­ser­va­tive and Lib­eral sen­a­tors are sus­pected of ly­ing about their place of res­i­dence so they can claim liv­ing ex­penses. Th­ese events case even more doubt on the ne­ces­sity of the Se­nate and shame­ful waste of pub­lic funds by this use­less in­sti­tu­tion. “By con­tin­u­ing to make cuts to es­sen­tial pro­grams, Stephen Harper is com­plicit in the abuse of the sen­a­tors’ waste of pub­lic funds. Fur­ther­more, de­spite his prom­ises to change things, he is ap­point­ing peo­ple who obey his ev­ery word in­stead of be­ing ac­count­able to ci­ti­zens,” said Rousseau. Abol­ish­ing the Se­nate, like the NDP pro­poses, would save tax­pay­ers 90 mil­lion per year.

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