Anger over Senate expenses scandal spills onto the streets

What do you think of the Senate expenses scandal? CBC News hit the streets on Friday to find out how people feel about the ongoing controversy on Parliament Hill.

Reaction to the Senate scandal

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CBC's Cameron MacIntosh took to the streets to see what voters think about the Senate scandal 2:19

What do you think of the Senate expenses scandal? CBC News hit the streets on Friday to find out how people feel about the ongoing controversy on Parliament Hill.

Debate continued on Friday over whether to suspend senators Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin without pay and benefits because of inappropriately claimed expenses.

All three senators defended themselves this week with dramatic statements. On Friday, Brazeau said he was offered what he called a "backroom deal" by the government's leader of the Senate.

On Friday, CBC reporters held up signs in Winnipeg, Vancouver and Montreal, inviting passersby to talk about the ongoing Senate controversy.

While holding up a sign invited many strange glances from people, some were keen to voice anger at Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the senators at the centre of the scandal.

"There's no truth and honesty in there," Norman Twoheart said in Winnipeg.

Some also questioned the value of the upper chamber and demanded Senate reform.

"How can you have a chamber of sober second thought about democracy when the Senate's not even democratically appointed?" said Carl Habck.

Click on the video player above to watch Cameron MacIntosh's full report.


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