May 13, 2013
By Jane Brown
The expense claims of three senators will now be examined by the RCMP. But the Mounties say its too early to tell whether a full investigation will be conducted.
At issue is whether Conservative Mike Duffy, former Conservative Patrick Brazeau and Liberal Mac Harb were eligible for an allowance they received to compensate them for keeping a secondary residence in Ottawa.
An independent auditor recently concluded all three live primarily in the Ottawa area, but said the rules governing housing claims were unclear.
Duffy has voluntarily repaid 90-thousand dollars in expenses.
A Senate committee has ordered Brazeau and Harb to give back their housing allowances, but Harb, for one, says he’ll go to court to fight the order.
Brazeau was kicked out of the Conservative caucus this year after being charged with assault and sexual assault.