A busy year for politicians acting badly

Greenpeace International activist Alexandre Paul of Montreal attends a bail hearing at the Murmansk...

Greenpeace International activist Alexandre Paul of Montreal attends a bail hearing at the Murmansk Regional Court, in this Greenpeace handout picture on October 18, 2013. REUTERS/Greenpeace/Handout via Reuters

Nicole Riva, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:46 PM ET

Misspent public money, prostitutes, sexual assault and, of course, crack. Overall, 2013 wasn't a stellar year for Canada's politicians.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denied using crack cocaine, and being videotaped doing it, then finally admitted to at least trying it in a "drunken stupor."

Four senators were found with improper travel and housing expense claims, two are being investigated by the RCMP. One of the senators had his expense bill covered by a PMO staffer, and while one senator faces sexual assault and assault charges, a longtime senator resigned amid accusations of sexual harassment. It marked a low point of Stephen Harper's Conservative government. By December, one senator not caught up in the scandals retired just because the Senate just looked bad.


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