Senate scandal just getting interesting

Senate Scandal  Who could have predicted that the biggest political story of the year was about the...

Senate Scandal
Who could have predicted that the biggest political story of the year was about the Senate, more specifically, a band of misfit senators? Three were booted -- first from their caucuses -- then from the Red Chamber altogether, while a fourth, Mac Harb, quit before potentially facing the same fate.

Between Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Harb, hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of ineligible expenses have been returned to government coffers. (Patrick Brazeau refused to voluntarily reimburse taxpayers, but a part of his salary was being withheld.)

The most shocking part of the scandal is the issue of the $90,000 cheque from former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright, who repaid Duffy's expenses. Wright, Duffy, Wallin and Harb are all being investigated by the RCMP, but no charges have been laid. (Reuters files)

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 12:16 PM ET

OTTAWA — The Senate spending scandal was one of the biggest stories from Parliament Hill in 2013 and promises more juicy headlines in 2014.

The RCMP is investigating Prime Minister Stephen Harper's former chief of staff and a pack of senators the Mounties allege flouted the rules and committed bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

Four senators — three Tory appointees and a Liberal — are accused of making improper housing, travel and other expense claims totalling about $500,000. Most of the money has been returned to taxpayers.

 


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