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Senator Marjory LeBreton talks to media in Senate Foyer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Thursday, May 9, 2013 regarding an audit on Senators housing expenses.
Senator Marjory LeBreton talks to media in Senate Foyer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Thursday, May 9, 2013 regarding an audit on Senators housing expenses.
(Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Tories gamble that Senate expenses scandal will just go away

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John Crosbie billed his ill-fated 1979 budget as “short-term pain for long-term gain.” Today’s Conservatives are pursuing the opposite approach to the Senate ethics affair: short-term gain for long-term pain.