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.