Duffy Trial

Duffy Trial
Posted on April 23, 2016 | Edward Farnworth | Written on April 23, 2016
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Author's Note:

Author's Note:

Having followed the Duffy trial, my hope is that we can now set about to put in place rules that even Senators can understand and follow. 

Now that the trial is over and we can debate about whether all the time and money spent was worth it, whether justice was served, or even whether it was all a big conspiracy to get rid of Stephen Harper, let’s hope that if nothing else, it has shone a light on that black hole known as the Senate.

It appears that Senator Duffy did not break any laws. But the lack of any clear rules on a wide range of activities carried out by Senators made it easy for Senator Duffy and several of his colleagues to do things that, if not illegal, were in the minds of many people unethical.

The time of “accepting a Senator’s word” is past. The argument for keeping a Senate will be much stronger if clear rules and procedures are put in place to assure Canadians that our Senators are carrying out their duties in both a legal and ethical manner.

About The Author

Edward (Ted) Farnworth is a retired scientist who worked for the federal department of Agriculture. He enjoys writing, has a website Medicinal Food News that helps consumers understand the ever changing field of food... More

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