Don Meredith is no longer a Senator.
As his former Senate colleagues were preparing a vote on whether to expel him for his “inappropriate relationship” with a teenager, Meredith delivered a letter to the Senate declaring his intention to leave.
Meredith was widely expected to lose the vote and be expelled, so this is a case of him jumping before he was pushed.
In a statement, Meredith said, “After consulting with my family, community leaders and my counsel over the past several weeks, I have decided to move forward with my life with the full support of my wife and children.”
Added Meredith, “The path of expulsion being considered by my colleagues will have major implications for the Senate of Canada. This is a constitutional fight in which I will not engage.”
Meredith will still get a pension paid for by taxpayers
Despite Meredith’s departure, Canadians aren’t done paying the bill. In 8 years, Meredith will be 60 years old, and will be eligible to start collecting his taxpayer-funded Senate pension. Meredith will get about $24,000 per year. Once again, there’s one set of rules for those in power – even when they lose it – and another for the rest of us.
Read Senator Meredith’s full letter to the Senate
SÉNAT SENATE The Honourable Don Meredith, M.Th., D.D. Senator - Ontario L’honorable Don Meredith, M.Th., D.D. Sénateur - Ontario CANADA May 9th, 2017 In this the 150th year marking Canada's anniversary of confederation, and the formation of the Canadian Senate, I am acutely aware that the Upper Chamber is more important than my moral failings. After consulting with my family, community leaders, and my Counsel over the past several weeks, I have decided to move forward with my life with the full support of my wife and my children. I am blessed to have had their unconditional love and support throughout this ordeal. It is my hope that my absence from the Senate will allow the Senators to focus their good work on behalf of all Canadians. The path of expulsion being considered by my colleagues will have major implications for the Senate of Canada. This is a constitutional fight in which I will not engage. As God directs the next chapter of my life, I will continue to love and support my family while making positive contributions to my community and to Canada. I wish my colleagues well as they work to build a better Canada. The Honourable Senator Don Meredith 403, Victoria Building / édifice Victoria Ottawa, ON K1A 0A4