Why don’t MPs face same scutiny?

Should we be surprised by word that 30 senators are said to owe taxpayers almost $1 million.
After the questionable expenditures of senators Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy, Patrick Brazeau, and Mac Herb, does this recent announcement surprise us?
I hope not.
The first four senators to come under scrutiny claimed they were not aware of the rules that were in place. Pamela Wallin and Mac Herb repaid the claims against themselves.
The Senate then asked the Auditor General of Canada to investigate every senators’ expenses, feeling that the audit would show only a few members were abusing the system.
The ball dropped last week. Nine cases have been turned over to the RCMP for criminal review while the other 21 will go to Justice Ian Binnie, who will arbitrate them.
With more than one-third of the senators finding themselves in trouble with the Auditor General, it appears that the rules regarding expenses are not clearly defined in the Senate.
Joan Bryden of The Canadian Press wondered Monday if there is a double standard when dealing with expenses in Ottawa. Elected MPs, for instance, have no external audit, cannot be suspended, or have their actions be referred to the police.
No sitting member has anyone looking over their shoulder to make sure they are not misspending funds. Only a secretive, multi-party board of the internal economy handles any transgressions by MPs.
That board can demand repayment of those misused funds.
What would happen if all the MPs’ expenses were placed under the same microscope that senators’ expenses were. Would we have to change laws so that MPs could be charged with misappropriation of funds?
The board has demanded that Liberal MP Judy Sgro repay $60,000 in improperly-claimed living expenses.
Thomas Mulcair is gloating over the senate expense scandal. It is a luxury he has since no NDP members are found in the Senate.
He does not want to mention that 68 current and former NDP MPs owe $2.7 million for allegedly improperly-using their Commons’ budget to pay the salaries of staffers in satellite offices, nor the 27 NDP members who are being asked to repay $1.17 million for allegedly using free parliamentary mailing privileges to send almost two million partisan missives.
The House of Commons and the Senate finances are a mess. There will be calls to abolish the Senate that appears out-of-control with expenses. There also should be calls for more public disclosure of MPs’ expenses.
No party has suggested that MPs should come under the same scrutiny that Canadian Senators have been put under. I wonder why?

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