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Karl Nerenberg | Justice Vaillancourt found the Harper government guilty of disrespecting democracy in the Duffy affair. But the Senate, today, remains a flawed and undemocratic institution.
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Karl Nerenberg | The scandal involving Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin is about much more than personal avarice and disregard for rules. It is about a house of Parliament almost designed for corruption.
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Karl Nerenberg | Emails tabled at the Duffy trial show that Stephen Harper decided to ignore one of the constitutional residency provisions for senators. His own lawyer warned him that he was on thin ice.
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Karl Nerenberg | Mike Duffy's lawyer portrayed the PMO and its chief as being engaged in almost full-time damage control. It seems that the direction came from the top.
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Karl Nerenberg | Senator Pierre-Hugues Biosvenu, a Harper appointee, is one of the most high-profile senators caught up in the expenses scandal.
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Rick Salutin | This must be Mike Duffy's finest hour. He finally is what he always falsely claimed to be: a little guy standing up to the gasbags of power.
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Karl Nerenberg | On the first day of the trial of Senator Mike Duffy the prosecution said Duffy probably did not qualify to sit in the Senate, while the defence said the PMO orchestrated everything Duffy did and said.
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Karl Nerenberg | Senator Mike Duffy's trial starts today, April 7, and will have its full share of drama and revelation. Even at this early stage, however, there are lessons we can glean from the whole affair.
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Geoffrey Stevens | Having hand-picked the senators and directed the cover-up, the PM has no deniability.
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Karl Nerenberg | The Supreme Court ruling on the Senate came in this morning, and it is a significant loss for the Conservative Party, but it is going to affect all the parties. Karl Nerenberg talks about why.
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Murray Dobbin | Getting caught, throwing your friend under a bus, being repeatedly and publicly exposed as liars and cheats -- that's just the cost of doing business. But it shouldn't be the cost of doing government.
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Joyce Arthur | Why isn't there more widespread awareness and opposition to how Stephen Harper is transforming Canada to conform to his narrow ideological agenda?