The answer should be a big resounding 'no'.
Unfortunately, in Canada, MPs and senators can flout the law while in office and still be rewarded with gold-plated pensions.
In fact, it's happening now.
Former Liberal senator Raymond Lavigne is now in jail for breaching Senate expense rules. But, because he retired from the red chamber before he could be booted out, he's still entitled to a taxpayer funded pension of $79,000 a year.
Earlier this week, senator Mac Harb retired from the upper chamber amid an RCMP investigation which alleges that he falsely claimed a senate living allowance. Regardless of whether he's charged or convicted, he'll still earn a pension of almost $123,000 a year from his time as a MP and senator.
On Facebook, NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus accused Harb of pulling a Lavigne.
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