Posted by: CS | October 25, 2013

Senate Expenses Scandal: A Simple Question for Prime Minister Harper

If Mike Duffy,  appointed by Prime Minister Harper as a Senator for Prince Edward Island, was not entitled to claim an Ottawa living allowance because Ottawa, not Prince Edward Island, was his place of permanent residence, then his appointment to the Senate as a representative of Prince Edward island was illegal under the Constitution Act of 1867, which requires a senator to be “resident in the province for which he is appointed.”

So it will be interesting to hear it from Prime Minister Harper: was Duffy’s appointment in contravention of the law or the Ottawa living allowance that Harper commanded Duffy repay, entirely legitimate?

Meantime, Quebec’s Court of Appeal has ruled Harper’s proposals for Senate reform unconstitutional.


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