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AG’s $24-million Senate audit value questioned as high-profile RCMP cases dropped

By Abbas Rana      

But the Senate's audit was never intended to be for 'cost recovery,' and its recommendations have helped the Red Chamber in improve its expense disclosure regime, says AG spokesman Ghislain Desjardins.

Sen. Larry Campbell has issues with the fact that $24-million was spent on an audit of Senators' expenses, little money has been recovered, and no criminal charges have been laid as a result of that audit. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

A senior member of the powerful Senate Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration Committee is raising questions about the value for money in the $24-million Senate audit by Michael Ferguson after high-profile criminal cases related to the Senate expense scandal were recently dropped. Mr. Ferguson identified about $1-million in misspending by 30 Senators, which was slashed in half by special arbiter and former Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie. Mr. Ferguson recommended that the cases of nine Senators be recommended to the

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