Liberal senator wants explanation for AG report leak

Celine Hervieux-Payette says Senate should consider sanctions for anyone who provided journalists' information on audit

OTTAWA — A Liberal senator says top senators and officials from the Prime Minister’s Office should explain whether they leaked details of a confidential spending audit before most senators had read it.

Celine Hervieux-Payette is telling a Senate committee that copies of the auditor general’s report were sent to three of the Senate’s most influential members and the PMO days before it was publicly released.

Details of the audit leaked to the media, including The Canadian Press, which is where Hervieux-Payette and other senators say they learned the details of the report.

The audit led to nine senators having their spending referred to the RCMP for a criminal review and 21 others were named as having problematic claims.

Hervieux-Payette says the Senate’s rules committee should investigate the leaks immediately and

She says the investigation wouldn’t be a witch hunt against journalists because they have a right to protect their confidential sources.

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