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Senate’s Internal Economy Committee letter to Duffy demanding $16,955 back causing fissures in Senate, ‘bad politics and bad PR’

By Abbas Rana      

The members of Senate Internal Economy consulted the Senate leadership before sending the June 8 letter to Sen. Mike Duffy.

Ind. Sen. Mike Duffy, who was cleared of all 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery in April, received a letter from the Senate Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration Committee on June 10 asking to pay back $16,955 for seven allegedly 'ineligible expenses.' The Hill Times Photograph by Andrew Meade

The Senate’s letter to Independent Senator Mike Duffy demanding $16,955 back for allegedly ineligible expenses is causing fissures amongst Senators with one saying that Senators in the “highest position of authority” in the Internal Economy Committee have not accepted Ont. Judge Charles Vaillancourt’s judgment exonerating the Prince Edward Island Senator of all 31 charges and another describe this as “bad politics and bad PR.” But the Internal Economy Committee’s top leadership says the June 8 letter was sent after consulting all Senate leaders.

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