The summer of 2014 has been a bad one for Canadian politicians who have slipped into the dark world of imagined entitlement.
This doesn't presage the dawn of any golden age of political ethics, but it is cause for celebration for those who are weary of politicians wantonly dipping their hands into your wallet.
On the surface, four cases at three levels of government appear unrelated, but there are common threads.
At the civic level, we've seen the end of London mayor Joe Fontana and Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell is staring at a decidedly grim political future.
At the provincial level, former Alberta premier Alison Redford has ridden off into the sunset - this time not on an empty government plane - in disgrace, and at the federal level, Conservative Senator Mike Duffy is prepping for a September court date, facing 31 criminal charges.
Here's a quick update of the miscreant politician scorecard for those otherwise distracted this summer.
Fontana, a former Liberal cabinet minister, resigned as London mayor in June after being found guilty of three fraud-related offences for forging an expense document in 2005 that resulted in a $1,700 government fraud. On July 15 he was sentenced to four months of house arrest and 18 months of probation.
Fennell, a failed Progressive Conservative candidate who has ruled Brampton since 2000 has been found, along with her staff, to have broken spending rules 266 times over seven years.
Another 79 transactions may have also broken rules, but the mayor didn't provide enough information for the auditors to come to a conclusion. Almost $330,000 may have been misspent, ranging from $220 in mobile phone IQ tests to $130,000 on airfare upgrades and personal purchases (some later reimbursed).
On Tuesday, the Star's San Grewal reported she had billed her city $530,000 over 10 years for a private limousine service without providing any records to show how or why she used the service.
She remains in office, but the audit results are in the hands of police and according to a Forum Research poll, seven in 10 residents want her to resign and only 13 per cent said they would vote her Oct. 27.
Redford came to power in 2012, extending the Progressive Conservative dynasty in Alberta and beating back a fierce challenge by the Wildrose party, but resigned as premier last March then, finally, as an MLA earlier this month.
Redford used government planes for personal trips, used "ghost flights" to give the appearance of full flights, with the bookings removed so she could fly alone or with her entourage, employed a travel scout and had plans for a $173,000 "premier's suite'' atop a provincially owned building. She has left the dynasty she inherited wobbling and tainted, its future uncertain.
Duffy is scheduled to appear in Ottawa court Sept. 16 to face charges ranging from bribery to fraud.
The common thread through all this is that all those who have found their entitlement time up in the summer of 2014 had become too comfortable in office, forgetting that politicians should never feel that they have job security and should always be aware they must continually renew the faith and trust voters have placed in them.
Fontana's crime occurred in his 17th year as an MP, most of them as a member of government.
Fennell is in her 14th year as mayor.
Redford inherited the leadership of a party that has ruled Alberta for 43 years.
Duffy was appointed to the home of political entitlement, the Canadian Senate where he never would ever have to earn the trust of voters.
In some cases, a disengaged electorate returning incumbents by rote were enablers, leading to this comfort level.
Stephen Harper heads a government that next year will mark nine years in power while seeking four more. Harper has been ruthless in weeding out those who he sees sliding into the entitlement game, whether it is Helena Guergis and the dealings of her husband Rahim Jaffer, Bev Oda and her $16 orange juice or Eve Adams, who tried to bully her way into a party nomination and now sits in limbo.
But his Senate judgment will dog him on the entitlement question in the next campaign and this summer should serve as a reminder that a government of any stripe, at any level, that spends too much time in office can fall into the entitlement trap.
Tim Harper is a national affairs writer.