June 17, 2015
The tabling of the Auditor General of Canada’s report on senators’ expenses marks the end of a dark chapter for the Senate. We must now work to earn back the trust of Canadians, so that the Senate can fulfill its representative and legislative role.
The first step will be to tighten our administrative rules. Canadians are demanding and deserve greater transparency. The Auditor General’s recommendations must be given serious consideration.
But we must go further. We can restore the public confidence by giving senators greater independence. It is not necessary to reopen the Constitution to reform. I still maintain that abolishing the Senate is not a good idea and that elected representation will distort the role of the Upper Chamber. What we need are senators who are appointed in a nonpartisan manner, who represent the diversity of this great country and who will consider the legislation governing our country without concern for success at the polls.
Thank you for your support during these past few months; they were definitely challenging. Nonetheless, I am confident that our institution and our democracy will have grown as a result of these challenges.
Maria Chaput, Senator