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Here's a sober second thought

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So Mike Duffy is now going to pay back the $33,000 living allowance to which he was not entitled (Duffy will pay back housing allowance, Feb. 23). If I were to falsely claim expenses at my work, I would likely be fired, face criminal prosecution and be lucky to get off with probation and community service.

Sen. Duffy will get off with a half-hearted apology and shrug of the shoulders.

He also tried but failed to get a PEI health card to help him explain this financial indiscretion.

The Senate was formed to provide sober second thought for the government.

When the only qualification is to be a political hack, lap dog or bully for the governing party, Canadians are provided only senators who become drunk with power.

JOHN ALKSNIS

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 26, 2013 A10

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