While the calls to abolish the Senate continue, there are at least two senators who are attempting to restore our faith in the Upper Chamber.
Conservative Senators Doug Black and Bob Runciman are putting all of their Senate-related expenditures out there for all to see.
Runciman told the media Monday, "The fact that we are appointed and not elected, we should set the gold standard in terms of transparency and in reporting how we're using taxpayers' dollars."
Well said Bob.
He started posting his expenses on his own website following the lead of Senator Doug Black.
It didn't take Black long to get started. He began posting expenses on his website in January, the same month he was appointed to the Senate.
MPs and senators do have to spend money on travel, accommodations and eating when they're away from home on government business, but since they are spending our money, they should all be posting these expenses publicly, like Black and Runciman and Green Party leader Elizabeth May. Then we can determine whether or not our money is being put to good use or if it's a rort on the public purse.
It doesn't have to be a complicated process. Just post them on their websites like these three do.
There's way too many taxpayer dollars being gobbled up by the government representative snouts at the trough, too many who are too carefree with the government credit cards.
Every time we catch a glimpse of just how much is being spent, the numbers are astounding.
Last week a story in the Journal Pioneer revealed that the four Island MPs spent more than $1.6 million last year. Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay alone spent close to half a million dollars in one year - way more than the other three. In travel expenses he racked up $134,184 for himself and others (no indication of who those others are) - almost twice as much as the representative on government, Gail Shea, spent on travel.
Bad enough that we're paying for government representatives to travel around and stay and eat in Ottawa or elsewhere, there's a lot of money being spent on these "others" such as family members.
Last year, taxpayers spent $2.2 million flying MPs' spouses and $554,000 flying their children around the country, according to the annual MP expense report.
The buck's got to stop here. Actually the bucks have got to stop flying out of our senators' and MPs' pockets.