The Duffy Affair: LeBreton to ask AG to look into senate spending

Julian Wolfe
June 4th, 2013

Government Senate Leader Marjory LeBreton will ask the auditor general to conduct a “comprehensive” audit over senate expenses. She said she will launch the audit Tuesday and will put the entire senate under the microscope.

“When I say a comprehensive audit of all Senate expenses, I mean just that,” LeBreton told CTV’s Power Play on Monday. “Every tax payer dollar that’s spent to the functioning of the Senate all of it…I chose my words carefully.

“The public saw the Senate as a closed club, investigating itself,” she said. “I came to realize that we really had to respect what the public was saying and turn it over to a body that is absolutely, without question, has a lot integrity and a lot credibility and actually assure the public that we are serious about tax payer dollars.”

Liberal Senate leader James Cowan supported LeBreton’s move, adding it should extend to the House of Commons as well. But LeBreton said, “I think they’re ahead of us right now in terms of accounting for their expenses.”

What do you think of LeBreton’s idea of bringing in the auditor general? Good idea or wasting time that could be used to get a public inquiry? What do you think of Liberal calls to extend the audit to the House of Commons as well?

Read more posts like this one.

   Categories: Accountability, Scandal, Senate, Spending, The Duffy Affair


On Monday, the longest campaign in modern history will come to a close and if current polls are any indication, Canada may be seeing a change in government after 9 years of Conservative rule under the leadership of Stephen Harper. Accountability was his calling card in 2006 and today, accountability may very well be one of the defining reasons for his departure.

In its length, in its cost and in its debate schedule, this election is unusual. The first and possibly only real debate of the campaign ended and here are the highlights of what happened.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper left Rideau Hall this morning with Governor General David Johnston’s approval to drop the writ and Canadians are now officially headed to the polls on October 19. For the first time since fixed election date legislation was brought in by the Conservative government, a fixed election date has been followed.

Join the discussion!

Share this article with your friends!

What do you think? Leave a comment!