Almost All Feel MP and Senator Expenses Should be Posted Online

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The latest Canadian Press-Harris/Decima survey asked about the expenses of MPs and Senators

According to Chairman Allan Gregg; “In public opinion terms this is as close as you come to unanimity. Virtually everyone think Parliamentarians are cheating. Virtually everyone wants transparency. Therefore the only way Parliamentarians can convince the public that they are not cheating is to show them that they aren't"

Nine in ten Canadians feel all expenses claimed by Members of Parliament and Senators should be available for the public to view online. Nationally, 89% express this view, while 7% feel all these expenses should not be available online.

  • No less than 87% in any particular region feel these expenses should be posted online.
  • Those between the ages of 35 and 49 are slightly less likely than those in other age groups to feel these expenses should be posted online.
  • Fully 97% of New Democrats, 95% of Liberals and 86% of Conservatives feel all expenses should be available to view online.
  • 92% of women and 87% of men feel these expenses should be available to view online.

Almost nine in ten feel it is likely that MPs and Senators are claiming improper expenses. Overall, 86% feel it’s likely, including a majority (56%) who feel it is very likely, while 10% feel it is unlikely.

  • A majority in all regions outside of the province of Quebec feel it is very likely MPs and Senators are claiming improper expenses.
  • A majority of Conservatives, Liberals and New Democrats feel it’s very likely that MPs and Senators are claiming improper expenses

Each week, Harris/Decima interviews just over 1000 Canadians through teleVox, the company’s national telephone omnibus survey. The most recent data were gathered between June 6 and June 9, 2013 for 1,005 completes. A sample of the same size has a margin of error of 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.