Though he’s been barred from the Senate since 2007, when he was charged by the RCMP for allegedly using “Senate resources for personal gain,” Senator Raymond Lavigne continues to collect his $130,400 a year salary, according to the Toronto Sun. Lavigne, a Chrétien-era appointee, could face up to 14 years in prison if found guilty on all the charges—fraud over $5,000, breach of trust and obstruction of justice. But according to Senate rules, since he hasn’t been convicted of a crime he continues to get paid. He’s officially off on “public business,” writes the Sun. Apparently, he even shows up on picture day. His case goes to trial in November.
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