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Who says federal politics is boring when it's like a classic TV series?

This week we saw Thomas "Perry Mason" Mulcair grill Stephen "Col. Klink" Harper -- who persists in repeating "I know nothing."

Despite all of the main characters in the Senategate scandal being personally appointed by Harper -- Senators Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau and chief of staff Nigel Wright -- he ignores all avenues of this growing scandal lead to his office during his watch.

Meanwhile, Justin "Fonzy" Trudeau never has a bad hair day, even as he steps in every cow pie in the field -- with divisive and often contradictory statements, frequently in the form of dramatic exaggeration.

While the Conservatives profess to want to "reform" a Senate they have packed, and Trudeau is delighted that the current red chamber has 24 Quebec members while B.C. and Alberta have only six each, only Mulcair is on point as he argues the Senate should be abolished.

This action would save taxpayers $91 million annually and Canada of an anachronistic triple-U institution -- unelected, unaccountable and undemocratic -- which was originally created to assure that the political-economic elites would limit the powers of the people's House of Commons.

RON FARIS

Victoria

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 30, 2013 A12

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