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78% Canadians Want The Senate To Be Abolished Or Reformed: Poll

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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 19, 2013 8:38 PM EST

Amid the scandals surrounding the Senate, more than 75 percent of Canadians want the Senate to be abolished or reformed, according to a public poll released by Ipsos Reid for Post Media News and Global Television.

While 78 percent of the public demanded for an end to the Senate or for a reform, 22 percent of Canadians said that they were content with the Senate.

The public poll was conducted following the scandals and debates hovering around the Canadian Senate.

A number of Canadian Senators, including Mike Duffy of Prince Edward Island and Patrick Brazeau of Quebec, were under investigation for living expenses they claimed as senators.

Senators whose homes are 100 kilometers away from Ottawa can claim a second residence in the city and get up to $21,000 per year or collect living expenses for travelling at least 100 kilometers to Ottawa.

According to CBC News, these senators, engulfed in scandals, have claimed for the second residence though they didn't have a second residence or received living expenses for commuting 100 kilometers to the city when they actually lived nearby or within the city.

"Of those surveyed, 42 percent said they would refer to see the Senate reformed to make it, for example, an elected body," the National Post reported citing the public poll.

Thirty six percent demanded a complete abolition of the senate.

"Back in the 1980s, there was a lot of talk in the west about the Triple-E Senate - equal, effective and elected. But what seems to have happened is that that movement, that concept, seems to have declined a bit over time, whereas the idea of abolition seems to be moving up," the newspaper quoted Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos Reid Public Affairs, as saying.

The public poll was conducted between Feb. 13 and 15. 

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