We have been told by some members of the Red Chamber that it is because of demand for their talents as public speakers etc. I never knew Canadians were so interested in what the senate or the Senator's do. I wonder.
If a Senator used to be, just lets say, a famous surfer.
When he travels to Biggar, Saskatchewan, Tofino, B.C. or to Come-by-Chance, Newfoundland to give a talk to the common folk,do you suppose it is so he can talk about the Senate and the workings of that esteemed institution or, surfing.
Does he earn a speakers fee?
Does the group that hired him have to compensate him for the cost of travel?
Canadians want to know the simple answer to these important questions because the Canadian taxpayer may just be being ripped off.
Dollars to donuts there is a bit of double dipping going on and as long as their is a brief mention of Canada's Action plan, Stephen Harper will defend them to the wall.