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Senators charged in expense scandal

Mac Harb and Patrick Brazeau charged with breach of trust and fraud....

RCMP have charged former senator Mac Harb and suspended senator Patrick Brazeau with fraud and breach of trust over their Senate expenses.

Assistant commissioner Gilles Michaud, the commanding officer of the RCMP's national division, announced the charges today.

Michaud says the RCMP is not pursuing allegations of bank fraud against Harb, however, because the allegations are not supported by the evidence.

The Mounties have spent months investigating allegations in the Senate expenses scandal.

Harb is a former Liberal senator who resigned last summer after police alleged he should not have collected a housing allowance for a residence he claimed about 100 kilometres north of the capital.

Brazeau, a former Conservative, was suspended from the Senate after similar allegations about his housing claims. Both men have insisted they did nothing wrong and were tripped up by ambiguous Senate rules.

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  1. Frankie posted on 02/04/2014 09:41 AM
    Since the Liberal media has been calling for Harper to resign over the senate scandal will they also be calling on Trudeau to resign as well? I didn't think so.
    1. Justin posted on 02/04/2014 12:09 PM
      @Frankie No! only Harper should resign.
      If Harpo won't legalize pot we have no need for him
    2. LRB posted on 02/04/2014 03:08 PM
      @Frankie Get a grip! Yes it's nice to find a way of making it all about the Liberals, but in this case it's not. Trudeau is neither Prime Minister (yet) nor did he appoint any of the senators.
    3. Jack posted on 02/04/2014 03:24 PM
      @Justin Nevermind his sound fiscal policies that kept Canada afloat while the rest of the civilized world suffered through a recession. No, what's REALLY important is whether you can smoke weed in public or not.

      There's a reason that high school students aren't allowed to vote, kid.
    4. Justin posted on 02/04/2014 03:39 PM
      @Jack just think J.T. would have us like Holland/Norway/Denmark/Sweden European nations consistently ranked year after year in the top 10 nations with people most content with their standard of living. socially responsible nations.
      Canada did well but i think they weren't in the top 10. the states was way down in the 20's.
      content and felling groovy only J.T. could deliver that
  2. john posted on 02/04/2014 10:33 AM
    sweet thay are charging the senators now i can rember how to tie a noose .
    1. Sonny posted on 02/04/2014 12:51 PM
      @john Harper appointed Brazeau, Wallin, Duffy & Nigel Wright as Chief of Staff!
      Trudeau did not appoint Harb, it was Chretien.
  3. john posted on 02/04/2014 11:05 AM
    the only reason why Justin whants Harper to resign is because Justin is afraid of competition people keep forgetting he is more like his mom not his dad . his dad would bitch slap him form here to china and back . .

    NDP leader is a ass kisser we cant have people like them in power if that happens we might as well move to the USA . this country will not last long .
    1. AC posted on 02/04/2014 12:12 PM
      @john move to Detroit. I hear capitalism is doing really well there.
    2. john posted on 02/04/2014 12:35 PM
      @AC clearly u have clue what i am saying i don't argue with idiots i dont like to wates time on people like u . ( i am not a liberal and NDP brown nosier like u are . ) so i am going to ignore u for now .
    3. KarenW_5 posted on 02/04/2014 02:08 PM
      @AC Actually AC, Detroit, a city in the State of Michigan, went into bankruptcy for a lot of unscrupulous reasons mostly caused or approved by the mayor. Detroit is now on a come-back and we in Ontario should be so lucky. The Senate is a Federal entity, therefore there is no correlation to your comment. Except of course if you want to concern yourself with the charges handed down, Breach of Trust. Too bad we can't charge the Provincial Liberals with that over the unscrupulous and high-handed way they are bankrupting this Province.
    4. Jack posted on 02/04/2014 02:10 PM
      @AC Actually, it was out-of-control unions that killed Detroit with continually unsustainable demands. But nice try.
    5. AC posted on 02/04/2014 02:41 PM
      @AC :)
      that's not very nice John ignoring people. where's your manners?
      I don't ignore you. you amuse me bro
    6. AC posted on 02/04/2014 02:54 PM
      @KarenW_5 Detroit is in Michigan?
      I hear you can get a big boarded up house for like $50 in Detroit.
      the capitalists outsourced all the jobs for cheaper labour elsewhere so the people are out of work have no universal health care so they had to leave their homes and the banks took over and now? small business goes into the crapper. big spiral down effect.
      But you know what will always do well down there?
      military industrial complex!! people to kill well we make guns. big guns
  4. dama posted on 02/04/2014 02:12 PM
    Soon Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy will be charged.. and rightly so for these 4 senators and I bet there are more, just not being caught YET..

    I am not sure about the procedure to abolish the senate, anyone? all I know is
    put it to the people to vote their candidate to the Senate and on a term basis as well .. no more patronising by the Prime Minister..
    1. Angry Bill posted on 02/04/2014 02:41 PM
      @dama In order to abolish the senate, or to do much of anything with it, really, they need to amend the constitution. And the only way to make any changes to the constitution, you need to get all provinces (and presumably territories) on board to sign it. Good luck getting all provinces to agree on any change, as every province has their own agenda. It would be a can of worms that no one wants to deal with if they opened up the constitution for change.
  5. justsaying posted on 02/04/2014 04:40 PM
    I do not understand what value the Senate brings to the Canadian legislative process. The appointees are mostly rubber-stampers of their political parties' will. They have no legislative power to amend legislation - only to make recommendations.

    How many senate recommendations for adjustments to legislation have been implemented in the past 10 years?

    Does it serve any purpose at all? Is so, please tell me what it is? Save the money and give it towards Healthcare Transfer Payments to the Provinces.
    1. john posted on 02/05/2014 10:28 AM
      @justsaying the same thing the liberals do bankrupt this country .
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