Audit ordered to assess possible abuse of housing allowance by senators

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OTTAWA, Ont. — The Senate is conducting an audit to assess whether senators are abusing housing allowances meant to defray the costs of maintaining a second home in the nation’s capital.

The audit follows a series of news reports that raised questions about the propriety of some of the allowances claimed by senators.

Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau’s claims are already being reviewed by a special committee, which has now been directed to review the claims made by Liberal Senator Mac Harb as well.

In addition, the Senate’s internal economy committee has asked the Senate administration to conduct an audit to determine whether all senators are properly declaring their primary and secondary residences.

Brazeau, who claims the allowance for a secondary residence in Gatineau, Que., has designated his father’s home in Maniwaki, Que., as his primary residence, although neighbours say they rarely see him there.

Harb, a former MP who has lived in the capital for decades, has claimed the allowance for his Ottawa home, while designating a property in Pembroke, Ont., as his primary residence.

Conservative Senator Mike Duffy, also a longtime Ottawa resident, has claimed the allowance for his home in the capital while designating a home in Prince Edward Island as his primary residence.



Geographic location: Ottawa, Gatineau, Maniwaki Pembroke Prince Edward Island

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Recent comments

    December 07, 2012 - 08:03

    only in canada would we allow this kind of abuse of our tax dollars. the mobs of chicago are innocent compared to these gangsters.

  • taxpayer
    December 07, 2012 - 07:34

    CROOKS CROOKS, and more CROOKS. canada's political system as become CORRUPTED with CROOKS CROOKS and more CROOKS.

  • Marg
    December 06, 2012 - 19:55

    I don't think the word "possible" is necessary !!!!!! Sometimes I wonder if any politicians have a conscience when they look at the poverty of millions, and unemployment, in our Country, and yet they steal from us. I can remember a while back in the news that a senator attended only one meeting the whole year and was living in Mexico, yet got his full salary and benefits...........

  • skipper
    December 06, 2012 - 14:31

    WE are spending billions on sending troops to other countries because of killing innocent people and crooked govt. will who is going in to protect us.

  • willy
    December 06, 2012 - 14:22

    Why can they hire an outside Accounting firm to perform a "real" independent audit. How much independence is there when you review yourself ?????

  • Scott Free
    December 06, 2012 - 14:09

    And, while we're on the topic of hoodwinking the electorate, chaulk up another one for Progrougie Steve as he waltzed around Kathy again; Stevie 2, NL Taxpayers 0!

  • what's the punch line
    December 06, 2012 - 14:01

    Senators will report on senators and fraud will be exposed, hell will freeze over, the pope will convert to islam peace will be declared in the middle east and the leafs will win the stanley cup.