ETHICS TROUBLE: Liberal Senator Facing Review By Ethics Officer

It looks like taxpayers were paying for a Senator to use government staff for his personal enrichment

Liberal Senator Colin Kenny is facing a review by the Senate ethics officer regarding potential misuse of taxpayer funded resources for his personal use.

Investigations in both 2013 and 2016 had shown the senator used his staff to perform non-government tasks. Those tasks included setting up his visits to the gym, getting tanning beds for his private tanning business, and buying lotions.

Of course, none of those things have anything to do with being a senator.

As was reported at the time by the Auditor General, “We found that staff performed numerous tasks that were not related to regular office operations, but instead to the senator’s personal activities. These tasks included payments of personal invoices, maintenance of personal books and records, planning of various personal activities and scheduling of personal appointments.”

What took so long?

Considering the first revelations of Colin Kenny’s use of taxpayer funds was reported over three years ago, why has a review just started now?

Notice how quickly the government works to take our tax money, but how slowly they investigate the abuse of that taxpayer money by government officials.

That contrast is yet another way you can see the underlying culture of corruption that exists among the elites. They feel entitled to our money, and they only investigate their own behavior when the misuse is too obvious to ignore.

Tougher punishments

Penalties for politicians who misuse taxpayer funds are incredibly weak. Either they get a slap on the wrist, or at worst they lose their position. Jail time and severe punishments never seem to be on the table.

Until politicians face more severe punishments – like the rest of us – for misusing taxpayer dollars, nothing will change.

Spencer Fernando

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Christine

And if they lose their position which is in extreme cases, they still get their pension for the rest of their lives
and probably are covered including their families for benefits re. health, dental, drugs, etc.

Ana Gomes

Liberal senators are now independent, so that we can not blame their protector, PM, for their faults. Do not forget how Harper was treated by the CBC and by the courts when he wanted to make the crooked Senators pay for the stolen sums of money they used as deductions, which were not allowed. And who won? How did justice work ? The Conservative Senators won so that the real big Liberal spenders who were coming to face their fate, had a precedent to put their big teeth into,and Justice being what it is, was not really needed. When are… Read more »

Rick Churchill

Misuse of taxpayers’ money by politicians is not only a Breach of Trust – which is a serious crime in and of itself – but is the same as embezzlement in a private company. It should be treated as the serious crime it is, including prison sentences.