May 09, 2017

By Bob Komsic

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Don Meredith has quit the upper chamber.

The 52-year-old Toronto-area Conservative Senator has announced his resignation in a letter to colleagues.

The move comes one week after the ethics committee recommended he be expelled for his sexual relationship with a teenage girl.
”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,” Meredith wrote in the letter.
”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, ” he goes on to say.
”I am acutely ware that the upper chamber is more important than my moral failings.”’
Meredith’s lawyer argued for a one or two-year suspension without pay as a form of punishment for his relationship with the girl.
But the five-member Senate ethics committee determined that Meredith’s conduct showed ”he is unfit to serve” and nothing less than an expulsion would do.
”No lesser sanction than expulsion would repair the harm he has done to the Senate,” the committee said in its report.
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