Algonquin people http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/49722/all en Senate to release outside audits of housing expense claims on May 9 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130429/senate-release-outside-audits-housing-expense-claims-may-9 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - Questions about the housing claims of three senators living in the shadow of Parliament Hill will get answers next month when the Senate releases an independent audit of their residency allowances.</p> <p>The committee which oversees the upper chamber's internal budgets asked the Deloitte accounting firm to review the claims of Conservative Mike Duffy, Liberal Mac Harb and Patrick Brazeau, who was ousted from the Tory caucus earlier this year over an unrelated criminal matter.</p> <p>The accountants were to look at their claims about where they live and their related expenses.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130429/senate-release-outside-audits-housing-expense-claims-may-9" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Algonquin people Patrick Brazeau Politics of Canada Senate The Canadian Press Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:03:26 +0000 The Canadian Press 5828022 at http://www.globalpost.com Audit into senators' dodgy housing allowances to be made public http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130509/audit-senators-dodgy-housing-allowances-be-made-public <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - Potentially explosive audits into dodgy housing expenses claimed by three senators are expected to be made public today.</p> <p>The Senate's internal economy committee met for hours late Wednesday to review the audit results and is to meet again this morning to determine what action it will recommend be taken — including whether the RCMP should be asked to investigate possible fraud or whether repayment of improperly claimed housing allowances should be deemed sufficient to close the controversial file.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130509/audit-senators-dodgy-housing-allowances-be-made-public" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Algonquin people Business Hospitality Human Interest Law Mac Harb Mac Harb Mike Duffy Mike Duffy Patrick Brazeau Politics Politics of Canada Social Issues The Canadian Press Thu, 09 May 2013 18:05:31 +0000 The Canadian Press 5834572 at http://www.globalpost.com Brazeau fights order to repay disputed Senate housing allowance claims http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130514/brazeau-fights-order-repay-disputed-senate-housing-allowance <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - Patrick Brazeau insists he broke no rules when he claimed a generous Senate housing allowance and he's exploring all options to overturn an order to pay the money back.</p> <p>But the government's Senate leader, Marjory LeBreton, warned Tuesday that the money will be "seized" if it's not immediately reimbursed.</p> <p>Brazeau, a one-time Conservative senator who now sits as an independent, argued Tuesday that last week's order to reimburse the Senate flies in the face of an independent audit, which concluded that the rules regarding the housing allowance are unclear.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130514/brazeau-fights-order-repay-disputed-senate-housing-allowance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Algonquin people Health Human Interest Labor Patrick Brazeau Politics of Canada Social Issues The Canadian Press Tue, 14 May 2013 23:30:26 +0000 The Canadian Press 5837890 at http://www.globalpost.com Duffy bailout by Harper's chief of staff prompts allegations of coverup by PMO http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130515/harpers-chief-staff-personally-bailed-out-embattled-sen-mike <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - Less than a week after the Conservatives hailed Sen. Mike Duffy's "leadership" in repaying $90,000 in improper housing expenses, it turns out the office of an entirely different leader made the bill go away.</p> <p>Stephen Harper's chief of staff Nigel Wright personally covered Duffy's repayment, the Prime Minister's Office said Wednesday — a transaction one insider described as a gift between friends that occurred without Harper's knowledge.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130515/harpers-chief-staff-personally-bailed-out-embattled-sen-mike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Accountancy Algonquin people Mike Duffy Mike Duffy Patrick Brazeau Politics of Canada Social Issues Technology The Canadian Press Wed, 15 May 2013 17:15:29 +0000 The Canadian Press 5838392 at http://www.globalpost.com A look at key dates in the evolution of the Senate expense-claim controversy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130516/look-at-key-dates-the-evolution-the-senate-expense-claim-con <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - June 13, 2012: Auditor General Michael Ferguson releases a study of Senate expense claims; in some cases Senate administration didn't have the right documents to support claims travel and living expenses.</p> <p>Nov. 21, 2012: Senate committee asked to examine housing allowance for Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau, who lists a home in Maniwaki, Que., as his primary residence despite appearing to live full-time within a 100 kilometre radius of Ottawa.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130516/look-at-key-dates-the-evolution-the-senate-expense-claim-con" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Algonquin people Mac Harb Patrick Brazeau The Canadian Press Thu, 16 May 2013 19:01:20 +0000 The Canadian Press 5839627 at http://www.globalpost.com Duffy quits Conservative caucus over expenses as colleagues began turning on him http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130516/senator-mike-duffy-resigns-conservative-caucus-over-expenses <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - Senator Mike Duffy resigned from the Conservative caucus to sit as an independent Thursday night amid a controversy over his housing claims, leaving a trail of unanswered questions about the expenses and why the prime minister backed him for so long. </p> <p>The employment status of Stephen Harper's chief of staff, Nigel Wright, remains unchanged — despite his secret gift to Duffy to help repay the improper expenses. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130516/senator-mike-duffy-resigns-conservative-caucus-over-expenses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Algonquin people Business Mike Duffy Mike Duffy Patrick Brazeau Politics of Canada Social Issues Technology The Canadian Press Fri, 17 May 2013 02:16:37 +0000 The Canadian Press 5839887 at http://www.globalpost.com A timeline of the Senate audits controversy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130519/timeline-the-senate-audits-controversy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - Here is a timeline of the Senate audits controversy.</p> <p>___</p> <p>June 13, 2012: Auditor General Michael Ferguson releases a study of Senate expense claims; in some cases Senate administration didn't have the right documents to support claims travel and living expenses.</p> <p>Nov. 21, 2012: Senate committee asked to examine housing allowance for Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau, who lists a home in Maniwaki, Que., as his primary residence despite appearing to live full-time within a 100 kilometre radius of Ottawa.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130519/timeline-the-senate-audits-controversy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Algonquin people Patrick Brazeau Politics of Canada The Canadian Press Sun, 19 May 2013 18:01:04 +0000 The Canadian Press 5841463 at http://www.globalpost.com Duffy expense controversy sent back to closed-door Senate committee http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130521/liberal-senate-leader-argue-harpers-office-contempt-parliame <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - Conservative senators have sent Mike Duffy's controversial improper expenses back to the same closed-door committee that initially reviewed them, rejecting a Liberal bid to have the matter referred directly to the police.</p> <p>Liberal Senate Leader James Cowan argued late Tuesday night that the committee on internal economy had lost credibility with Canadians and the police should take over.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130521/liberal-senate-leader-argue-harpers-office-contempt-parliame" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 41st Canadian Parliament Algonquin people Government Marjory LeBreton Patrick Brazeau Politics of Canada Senate Social Issues Stephen Harper The Canadian Press Tue, 21 May 2013 20:49:55 +0000 The Canadian Press 5843166 at http://www.globalpost.com RCMP expand probe into ex-Tory senator's housing- and travel-expense claims http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130801/rcmp-expand-probe-ex-tory-senators-housing-and-travel-expens <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - The Mountie investigation into Sen. Patrick Brazeau is being expanded beyond questionable expense claims to include personal tax exemptions he claimed as a status Indian, court records show.</p> <p>The newly released documents indicate the RCMP want to dig deeper into the former Conservative's financial affairs.</p> <p>Brazeau has been accused of breach of trust by filing allegedly inappropriate travel and housing claims, and the lead Mountie in the case has asked the Senate for more information, including attendance records.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130801/rcmp-expand-probe-ex-tory-senators-housing-and-travel-expens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Algonquin people Business Government Labor Law Patrick Brazeau Politics of Canada Social Issues The Canadian Press Thu, 01 Aug 2013 19:34:11 +0000 The Canadian Press 5900316 at http://www.globalpost.com Government background check of Brazeau failed to spot tax address discrepancy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130808/government-background-check-brazeau-failed-spot-tax-address- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - An in-depth background check of Patrick Brazeau by senior officials in the Prime Minister's Office either ignored or overlooked the conflicting addresses now at the heart of an RCMP probe into the embattled senator's finances.</p> <p>A court filing by the lead investigator in a breach-of-trust probe revealed last week that the Mounties are looking in greater depth into the tax returns filed by the former high-profile native leader between 2004 and 2008.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130808/government-background-check-brazeau-failed-spot-tax-address-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Algonquin people Government Politics of Canada The Canadian Press Thu, 08 Aug 2013 21:16:37 +0000 The Canadian Press 5905761 at http://www.globalpost.com Brazeau lawyer has criminal case put off until February, citing health issues http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131009/brazeau-lawyer-has-criminal-case-put-until-february-citing-h <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>GATINEAU, Que. - The criminal case against suspended Sen. Patrick Brazeau has been delayed over unspecified health issues.</p> <p>Brazeau's lawyer was in a Quebec court Wednesday, where the senator faces charges of assault and sexual assault over an incident last February.</p> <p>The case was put over until Feb. 14, 2014 after his lawyer told the court that Brazeau has health problems.</p> <p>Crown prosecutor Sylvain Petitclerc said he was made aware of the health issues, but neither he nor Brazeau's lawyer would spell out the nature of the concerns.</p> <p>Brazeau was not in court.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131009/brazeau-lawyer-has-criminal-case-put-until-february-citing-h" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Algonquin people Patrick Brazeau Social Issues The Canadian Press Wed, 09 Oct 2013 17:33:32 +0000 The Canadian Press 5956372 at http://www.globalpost.com Prime minister ordered me to repay disallowed expenses, Duffy tells Senate http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131022/senators-targeted-suspension-mulling-making-their-case-the-c <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - Mike Duffy says Stephen Harper's office orchestrated a "monstrous conspiracy" aimed at snuffing out controversy over his Senate expenses because the prime minister was more interested in appeasing his Conservative base than he was in the truth.</p> <p>Duffy, a former TV broadcaster, delivered a riveting and often biting speech to his Senate colleagues Tuesday, spinning a tale of "conspiracy" and allegations of "bribery, threats and extortion of a sitting legislator."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131022/senators-targeted-suspension-mulling-making-their-case-the-c" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Algonquin people Government of Canada Politics of Canada Social Issues The Canadian Press Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:02:40 +0000 The Canadian Press 5967560 at http://www.globalpost.com Attempts to suspend senators without pay mired in confusion as Senate Tories aim to end debate http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131027/attempts-suspend-senators-without-pay-mired-confusion-sena-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - The Conservative drive to suspend three of its black-sheep senators without pay is sputtering amid an apparent difference of opinion between the prime minister and his Senate leader as Tories in the upper chamber seek to end debate outright on the sanctions.</p> <p>Sen. Claude Carignan has suggested he's open to amending the measures against Patrick Brazeau and Pamela Wallin, though has signalled he's less willing to do so for Mike Duffy, following the arguments they made against their proposed suspensions without pay in the Senate last week.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131027/attempts-suspend-senators-without-pay-mired-confusion-sena-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Algonquin people Government Politics of Canada The Canadian Press Sun, 27 Oct 2013 22:24:26 +0000 The Canadian Press 5972435 at http://www.globalpost.com Anatomy of a scandal: key developments in history of the Senate expenses saga http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131029/anatomy-scandal-key-developments-history-the-senate-expenses <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - A look at key dates in the ongoing evolution of the Senate expenses scandal:</p> <p>___</p> <p>June 13, 2012: auditor general Michael Ferguson releases a study of Senate expense claims; in some cases Senate administration didn't have the right documents to support claims for travel and living expenses.</p> <p>Nov. 21, 2012: Senate committee asked to examine housing allowance for Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau, who lists a home in Maniwaki, Que., as his primary residence despite appearing to live full-time within a 100-kilometre radius of Ottawa.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131029/anatomy-scandal-key-developments-history-the-senate-expenses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Algonquin people Business Government of Canada Mike Duffy Politics of Canada Technology The Canadian Press Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:31:12 +0000 The Canadian Press 5974417 at http://www.globalpost.com Anatomy of a scandal: key developments in history of the Senate expenses saga http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131105/anatomy-scandal-key-developments-history-the-senate-expenses <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - Senators voted Tuesday to suspend colleagues Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin from the upper chamber, without pay, for the rest of the parliamentary session. A look at other key dates in the Senate expenses scandal:</p> <p>___</p> <p>June 13, 2012: auditor general Michael Ferguson releases a study of Senate expense claims; in some cases Senate administration didn't have the right documents to support claims for travel and living expenses.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131105/anatomy-scandal-key-developments-history-the-senate-expenses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Algonquin people Business Government of Canada Mike Duffy Politics of Canada Technology The Canadian Press Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:17:50 +0000 The Canadian Press 5980797 at http://www.globalpost.com