Senate feasts on Trudeau’s assisted dying bill

It's time to try again – this time without the bad luck, the divisions, the parliamentary brinkmanship and the flying elbows

Senate feasts on Trudeau’s assisted dying billTORONTO, Ont. June 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Some of us aren't enthusiastic about assisted dying. Although, in the case of the Senate, we will happily make an exception and assist. The Senate – that undemocratic, unaccountable, unwanted monstrosity that has affixed itself to the side of Parliament like an ermine-garbed parasite – is in…

Duffy verdict doesn’t clear stench surrounding Senate

The Senate should be abolished, and Canada should operate with a unicameral, or single, legislature

Duffy verdict doesn’t clear stench surrounding SenateTORONTO, Ont. April 26, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Last week, Senator Mike Duffy was acquitted of all 31 charges related to bribery, fraud and breach of trust. He’s innocent in the eyes of the law, and will be judged by Canadians as they see fit. Some observers have suggested the Crown’s failure to prove its…

Trudeau applies lipstick on the Senate pig

You can put lipstick on a pig, Prime Minister. But it is still – then, now and forever more – a pig

Trudeau applies lipstick on the Senate pigTORONTO, Ont. March 22, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The precise origins of the “lipstick on a pig” aphorism are unclear. Some say it arose first in a January 1980 edition of the much-read Quad-City Herald, in Brewster, Washington (pop., 2,730), where one wag observed therein that “you can clean up a pig, put a ribbon…

Was the Senate audit worth it?

The auditor general spent $21 million to find less than $1 million in questionable expenses

Was the Senate audit worth it?Download this column for your publication or website. FREE CALGARY, AB, Jun 12, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Consider me one of the millions of Canadians offended by the Senate spending scandal. But it’s not for the reason you might think. The auditor general spent $21 million on this investigation, and found less than $1 million…