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Fraud charges can’t stop spendthrift senator

Despite suspension, Raymond Laving racks up more than $700,000 in expenses


 

Liberal Senator Raymond Lavigne has managed to spend more than $700,000 in taxpayer funds on “public business” since 2007, the year he was charged by the RCMP with fraud, breach of trust and obstruction of justice, and was kicked out of the Senate as a result. Most of the senator’s extracurricular spending relates to office, travel and living expenses. During a three-month period last fall, Lavigne cost taxpayers $30,787 in expenses plus $33,000 in salary. The accomplishments Lavigne lists his website include meeting with “well-known Quebec artists” and showing up at a grocery store opening.

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Fraud charges can’t stop spendthrift senator

  1. So, what province was it again that Maclean's labelled the most corrupt? And where does Lavigne live?

    Surely, though, there must be some way to cut him off. Isn't there some other corrupt pol who could arrange a visit from a biker pal to deliver the message that he's being too obvious and making the rest of the crooks look bad?

  2. Oh no…where's chet? He'll be all over this repeatedly, ad nauseum, like a small hours sham-wow commercial.

  3. Bounce this fraud into bankruptcy and kick him to the curb.
    A disgusting waste of Canadians money and smear on every ideal of good government.

  4. from Wiki;

    Raymond Lavigne (born November 16, 1945) is a Canadian Senator.

    A businessman and real estate consultant, Lavigne first ran for a seat in the Canadian House of Commons in the 1988 election but was unsuccessful.

    He ran again in Verdun—Saint-Paul, Quebec in the 1993 election, and was elected a Liberal Member of Parliament (MP). He was re-elected as the MP for the riding, now called Verdun—Saint-Henri—Saint-Paul—Pointe-Saint-Charles, in the 1997 and 2000 federal elections.

    In 2002, he was appointed to the Canadian Senate on the advice of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien in order to make his riding available for Liza Frulla, a former Quebec cabinet minister.

    On June 8, 2006, he was expelled from the Liberal caucus after allegedly misusing Senate funds for personal use. He apparently used $23,000 in funds for work on his estate, including having his executive assistant cut down trees on his property.[1]

    Since then, Lavigne's lawyer said that Lavigne had agreed to pay back the $23,000, without an admission of wrongdoing.[1]

    On August 14, 2007, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who had been investigating allegations raised concerning the misuse of funds for the last year, laid criminal charges against Lavigne: fraud over $5,000, breach of trust and obstruction of justice.[2] His trial on these charges began December 9, 2009.[3]
    [edit] Trial and Verdict

    On November 12, 2010, it was announced by the court that Judge Robert Smith's decision is ready but a date for the decision could not be set because Lavigne's lawyers did not show up.[4] The final ruling is expected to be set on January 7, 2011.

    Because of the fraud allegations, Lavigne has been barred from sitting in the Senate or taking part in any Senate committees.

    • Thanks for that.

      Does this mean a warrant will be issued tomorrow for his arrest?

  5. Well obviously this is just further proof of the leftist bias in media.

  6. It is certainly distressing to see another example of the media unfairly reporting on the corruption allegations of a Quebec politician.
    It`s obvious that the media is only doing this to Mr, Lavigne
    –because he is a former businessman and Liberal supporter from Quebec
    –because he is a former Liberal member of Parliament
    –because he was rewarded with a Senate seat by Jean Chretien
    –because he got caught using public funds for personal use
    –because he continues to take a quarter million dollars a year in salary and expenses.

  7. What's all the fuss about?

    After all…he's entitled to his entitlements!

  8. Who and which party appoint this senator again? Can we have an elected senator please, and establish house rules to bar this kind of thing from happening again?

  9. Liberal Senator Raymond Lavigne has managed to spend more than $700,000 in taxpayer funds on “public business” since 2007… The accomplishments Lavigne lists his website include meeting with “well-known Quebec artists” and showing up at a grocery store opening.

    Overpriced chump. I could have taken care of that business for only $630,000. Make me a Senator, and save 10%!

  10. Though what the Senator has done is pretty awful, would you agree that Greg Weston has to be the worst journalist in the Canadian press? I'm shocked the CBC would hire this guy, as his writing is the opposite of neutral.

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