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Nice Work: The Continuing Scandal of Canada's Senate [Hardcover]

Claire Hoy
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Sept. 30 1999
Claire Hoy has turned his irascible attention to Canada’s Senate. It’s not a pretty sight. The trial of Senator Eric Berntson that resulted in his conviction for fraud in February 1999, (a result that is being appealed), represents only the most recent in a long line of scandals the Canadian Senate has endured.

True, some senators perform work that is constructive and useful, most of it in committees that examine legislation put forward by the House of Commons. But even their defenders admit that these contributions don’t add up to much and note that a declining minority of senators carries the load. Tory Senator Brenda Robertson, vice-chair of the Standing Orders Committee, admitted the party has problems getting senators to attend. “According to my math,” she reported, “in about four years we will have about twenty-five active members in the Senate.” Those are the good ones. The others collect their generous pay, perks, and allowances while they either slack off, actively pursue partisan political advantage for their respective parties, or build wealth for themselves and the corporations on whose boards of directors so many of them sit.

There are signs that the end may be approaching. The mammoth battles – of ego and partisan rancour – that marked the second term of the Mulroney government, when the Liberal leader in the Senate set out to sabotage the legislative program of the Tories, marked an undoubted low point in the history of the upper chamber. Whether the Senate can be reformed, however, and what shape reform should take, remain open questions.

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Claire Hoy is a longtime journalist and political commentator. Apart from writing a political column, he is a frequent commentator on radio and television. Among the books he has written are Friends in High Places, By Way of Deception, Clyde Wells: A Political Biography, and The Truth about Breast Cancer.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Expose at its Finest Sept. 25 2000
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Claire Hoy has certainly "picked all the meat off the bones" when it comes to the Senate of Canada and he definately sticks to the popular, and oftentimes ignorant, view of that institution. Not only does Hoy "expose" the "sordid, scandalous affairs" which supposedly occur in the Senate but he doesn't confine his particular point of view to modern Senators. Instead, Hoy has literally "dug up the dirt" on years of so-called corruption and his character attacks range from Sir John A. all the way to Eric Berntson. When it comes to his pursuit of the truth, I think Hoy needs to spend a little more time in the actual chamber and commitee rooms of the Senate and a little less time in the obviously brain-stifling National Archives, because he does not seem to realise that there are indeed benefits to the "red chamber".I admit, there are certain Senators who have tainted the reputation of the entire institution but need I remind Claire Hoy that a few members of his own profession have been found guilty of the exact same "crimes" (just because one rotten apple has soured, doesn't mean that the whole basket is destined for the trash). While he attacks almost every Senator since time immemorial, he seldom mentions those who perform their duties with honour and distinction and in the rare instances when he does, his praise seems to be turned into a vindictive attack on the other Senators, whom he views as lazy, corrupt old men. Furthermore, it is obvious that Mr. Hoy hasn't once complained about or written an article criticising GST and free trade (yeah right) because he harshly criticises Alan MacEachen (the very one who tried to hold the Mulroney government accountable for its actions). Wake up and smell the coffee Hoy! Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars Expose at its Finest Sept. 25 2000
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Claire Hoy has certainly "picked all the meat off the bones" when it comes to the Senate of Canada and he definately sticks to the popular, and oftentimes ignorant, view of that institution. Not only does Hoy "expose" the "sordid, scandalous affairs" which supposedly occur in the Senate but he doesn't confine his particular point of view to modern Senators. Instead, Hoy has literally "dug up the dirt" on years of so-called corruption and his character attacks range from Sir John A. all the way to Eric Berntson. When it comes to his pursuit of the truth, I think Hoy needs to spend a little more time in the actual chamber and commitee rooms of the Senate and a little less time in the obviously brain-stifling National Archives, because he does not seem to realise that there are indeed benefits to the "red chamber".I admit, there are certain Senators who have tainted the reputation of the entire institution but need I remind Claire Hoy that a few members of his own profession have been found guilty of the exact same "crimes" (just because one rotten apple has soured, doesn't mean that the whole basket is destined for the trash). While he attacks almost every Senator since time immemorial, he seldom mentions those who perform their duties with honour and distinction and in the rare instances when he does, his praise seems to be turned into a vindictive attack on the other Senators, whom he views as lazy, corrupt old men. Furthermore, it is obvious that Mr. Hoy hasn't once complained about or written an article criticising GST and free trade (yeah right) because he harshly criticises Alan MacEachen (the very one who tried to hold the Mulroney government accountable for its actions). Wake up and smell the coffee Hoy! First of all, you damn the Senate for being a passive, "rubber stamp organisation" which allows legislation to be given assent without scrutiny and then you damn the very man who tried to stop these ruinous bills from being passed because he had the foresight to see their devastating effects on this country. What's more, you wrongfully convict him of patisanship in this regard and try to smear the reputation of a man who should be highly esteemed for what he accomplished during his tenure as the Senate's Leader of the Government. When push comes to shove, I would not be surprised Mr. Hoy, if you yourself accepted a place in the "partisan pleasuredome" because you are evidently so narrow minded, opinionated and self absorbed, that I can truly see you at your finest among the malignant, corrupt and scandalous people who according to you, have taken their rightful place in the "Hall of Shame".
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