"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Wednesday, 6 September 2017


As an add-on to the previous post, the salary for a Senator without additional responsibilities is $142,400 for a work year of 83 days.

Travel and housing expenses are also covered.

As noted previously, the appointment terminates at  age 75. 

Justin Trudeau's father made appointments when he was leaving office in 1979.  This was a man who, according, to his other son, hated politics . On reflection, I don't think he was too fond of people either. 

One senate appointment he made at the time of leaving was a failed one-time candidate for federal 
Office, Anne Moon . Ms. Moon was Jamaican-Canadian in her late twenties and  a social worker 
In Vancouver. 

The only public mention since of Ms Moon that  I re-call was not meritricious. She has been on the public payroll for 38 years, is probably  66 now, with nine more years to collect $142,400 for 83 days
 a year , if she's in attendance. 

Another  senate appointment that comes to mind of Andrew Thompson. He was Leader of the. Ontario Liberals for a short time. There were tears in the house on the day he left giving a hint of  tragedy. He was a young man. He received appointment  to the Senate. Nothing more was heard until a news item about his non-attendance in the Senate. He was living in Mexico. 

He resigned after the scandal broke. He was in his nineties when he died. 

I don't think the salary of an Aurora Councillor compares with a member of Canada's Senate. It 
wouldn't  be easy to compare the work load either. 

But at least the voters of Aurora get  to make their own choice out of the choice available.

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