The Senate is staring down the possibility of heading to court over more expense claims just one day after Sen. Mike Duffy’s was cleared on 31 charges.
Friday is a Senate-imposed deadline for seven of its former members to hand over almost $528,000 in claims the federal auditor general ruled should never have been charged to taxpayers.
The seven were among 30 senators flagged in the June 2015 report, but none chose to challenge the decision through an independent arbitration process.
The last of the senators who owed money after the arbitration process headed by former Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie, repaid the Senate for the wrongfully-claimed expenses at the start of the week.
The Senate has vowed to go to court to recoup the wrongfully-claimed cash from anyone who doesn’t pay up on time and as of Friday morning, there was no indication the seven were about to pay up.
The expenses in question are not all that different from the ones that landed Duffy in court.
(The Canadian Press)