5

The tally of a crisis

Adding up the Senate expense scandal


 

The Senate apparently believes that Mac Harb owes $231,649.07 in expenses—though he previously said he would contest the Senate’s findings in court.

The Star’s sources say Pamela Wallin has repaid $38,000 and might owe another $20,000.

Patrick Brazeau has been ordered to repay $48,744—though he has said he’ll fight that finding.

And Mike Duffy, with the help of Nigel Wright, has already paid back $90,172.

Pending a final ruling on Ms. Wallin and verdicts in the cases of Mr. Brazeau and Mr. Harb, this affair might add up to $408,565 in questionable expenses.

The Senate’s audits, meanwhile, have so far cost $240,000.


 

The tally of a crisis

  1. It’s like monopoly money; I threw many of those bills into the garbage too! Never bothered me.

    Is this real money we are talking about? Well, that changes everything!

  2. You know, here in NS we charged MLAs for fraud and theft when they were caught allegedly stealing from their expense accounts to a) feed a gambling habit and b) install a large generator in their rural home. The sums the provincial MLAs were caught allegedly misappropriating were more in the ballpark of $5000 than $50000-$200000. Why haven’t these Senators been charged with anything? Does repaying these obscene sums nullify the original crime of allegedly stealing the money?

    • “Does repaying these obscene sums nullify the original crime of allegedly stealing the money?”
      No, it does not. They should be charged.

  3. And thus the audit is only actually worth something if there are real consequences.
    Not holding my breath.

  4. ‘The Senate’s audits, meanwhile, have so far cost $240,000.’

    Yeah, abolishing the senate is sounding better and better every day.

Sign in to comment.