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Updated: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:59:37 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Flaherty says Senate scandal a disruption to economic agenda



Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the upper chamber is a distraction to the economic agenda of the party, during a press conference following his meeting with private-sector economists in Ottawa today.

"I don't talk about the Senate because I want to have a long happy life. And I really have no interest in it, quite frankly, other than it's disruptive of what we're trying to do economically." 

"I think just in this day in age to have a non-elected legislative body is an anachronism," Flaherty said.

Flaherty said he is in favour of abolishing the Senate.

"I always have been," he said.

Earlier Monday, the Parliamentary Budget Office released its fall update, which predicts Flaherty is on track to balance the federal books by 2015 as forecast, despite an expected slowdown in the economy.

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