Tory Sen. Marjory LeBreton to seek comprehensive audit of all Senate expenses

OTTAWA – Sen. Marjory LeBreton will ask the auditor general for a “comprehensive” audit of Senate expenses.

LeBreton says she’ll introduce a motion to that effect Tuesday, and hopes to have Liberal support in the upper chamber.

The move follows efforts to toughen the rules about Senate travel and expenses and will put the whole chamber under scrutiny.

It’s the latest Conservative effort to damp down the spreading scandal, which has become a staple of question period in the House of Commons.

Ethics officers are in the process of investigating expense claims from several senators. The Senate has voted to refer Sen. Mike Duffy’s case to the RCMP.

Duffy’s problems began with improper claims for housing expenses. The matter exploded when Nigel Wright, the prime minister’s former chief of staff, acknowledged he gave Duffy $90,000 to repay those claims.

Wright resigned over the unusual gift, but that just prompted even tougher questions from the NDP and Liberals.

Questions have been raised about other dubious expense claims filed by Duffy.

The Senate has already done away with the old honour system that allowed senators to claim expenses without supporting documents.

Now the auditor general is being asked to review the whole mess.

“Canadians deserve to know at all times that their tax dollars are being spent wisely and in accordance with the law,” LeBreton said in a statement.