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Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak removes Peter Shurman as finance critic

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TORONTO - Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says he has removed Peter Shurman from his position as finance critic.

Hudak said in a statement Sunday evening that he met with Shurman to discuss his accommodation expense claims.

It was revealed last week that Shurman, a Toronto-area member, billed the maximum $20,719 last year after moving to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Shurman, who keeps an apartment in Toronto, said last week that he followed the rules when he claimed the money.

But he added that he'll stop collecting the housing allowance while the rules are reviewed, and pay for his own rental space in Toronto.

Hudak said Sunday that while the current rules were followed, "it is clear taxpayers hold elected officials to a higher standard and those rules need to be changed.

"I believe we have a responsibility to taxpayers to operate in their best interest. As a demonstration of my commitment to this principle I have made the decision to remove Peter Shurman from his position as finance critic," Hudak said.

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