Lost in all the bluster about the antics in the House of Commons last week, was the news that the RCMP will not press charges against Senator Pamela Wallin for alleged expense account fraud.
Of course deciding not to press charges doesn’t necessarily imply innocence; it can also mean that it was decided that the chances of a conviction were slim.
Since this decision was hot on the heels of all charges being tossed out in the Duffy trial, that seems the more likely scenario.
But it begs the question, with the millions of dollars spent in investigating Senator’s spending and legal costs as well, was it worth it ?
The short answer is , no.
But, let’s be clear; even though it was determined that the Senators did nothing illegal, that doesn’t mean that they didn’t do anything wrong.
The free spending propensity of taxpayers dollars on Parliament Hill should be a concern to all of us.
The problem, as we discovered, is that so called rules for spending are so vague, that many Senators took advantage of the situation.
What’s worse, we don’t know how many MP’s are doing the same thing because they, like their Senate colleagues, are less than forthcoming with their spending habits.
And sadly, until we demand more accountability from Ottawa, there’s no reason to think the abuse won’t continue.