PMO Senate Expense Scandal: Who 's Who: Senators and Senate staff
This section is related to an important “interactive” article titled “THE SENATE EXPENSES SCANDAL: Who ‘s Who” by Kirsten Smith and Jason Fekete that was recently published on the Ottawa Citizen website that unfortunately is not web-accessible, thus inaccessible, to many internet users that may have limited and/or obsolete technologies and/or those with disabilities that require assistive devices. Below you will find the article transcripts, which are based upon an the java-scripted info-graphic image from the article that has been converted into individual, categorized and sub-linked info-graphics with text alternatives.
The PMO Senate Expense Scandal: Who 's Who: Senators and Senate staff
Kirsten Smith and Jason Fekete unravel the complex trail of who knew what and when as the expenses of key Tory Senators became a major political scandal.
* People who the RCMP says knew of $90,000 repayment to Mike Duffy. (individuals that were highlighted in the graphic with a yellow ring surrounding their image placement in the original graphic tree info-graphic)
Role: Warned senators all inappropriate expenses must be repaid. RCMP court documents suggest she was aware of proposals to end the Deloitte audit of Duffy if he repaid expenses. Was given regular media lines by the PMO.
Position: Clerk of the Senate and clerk of the internal economy committee.
Reports to: The Senate.
Role: Reviewed drafts of reports on senators’ spending prepared by Jill Anne Joseph. Participated in meeting of the internal economy committee, Mike Duffy and lawyer Janice Payne in May when parts of the draft report critical of Duffy were deleted, according to RCMP court filings.
Role: Court filings say she prepared audits of all senators based on residency documents they supplied. She prepared the draft reports on Patrick Brazeau, Mac Harb and Mike Duffy. Court filings indicate she opposed changes to soften the Duffy report that were suggested by senators Dave Tkachuk and Carolyn Stewart Olsen. she felt they made the report “scant,” according to the RCMP.
Position: Retired. Appointed as a Liberal in 2003, resigned from caucus because of expenses scandal.
Role:Harb‘s living expenses was referred to Deloitte for an audit. Was found to owe $231,000 in living expenses and housing allowance. Under RCMP investigation; took retirement and pension from the Senate in August, 2013.
Role in Senate affair: Claimed Ottawa home as a secondary residence and Price Edward Island as his main residence though he spends more time in the capital; other irregular expenses. Became focus of Deloitte audit. Senate committee determined he should repay about $90,000 in wrongfully claimed expenses. Money ultimately paid by Nigel Wright, then-chief-of staff to Stephen Harper.
Role: Considered Nigel Wright‘s request for the party to pay Mike Duffy‘s expenses when it was thought Duffy owed about $32,000. Was apparently willing to cover Duffy‘s legal fees but not the full $90,000 Duffy was found to owe. Approached a contact with Deloitte to see if they planned to alter the audit of Duffy.
Role: Told Sen. Mike Duffy he owed the Senate $90,172.24. Was reportedly one of those who suggested to Duffy that he repay and apologize, and that the Senate audit might stop, according to RCMP documents. Was in contact with Nigel Wright and PMO staff, and with Duffy‘s lawyer, Janice Payne.
Role: Told Nigel Wright that other senators did not want to stop the Deloitte audit of Duffy. Tried to quash the audit of Duffy and have critical sections removed with the knowledge of PMO, according to RCMP court filings.
Role: After questions were raised about her travel expenses and residency, her file was referred to Deloitte for an audit. Repaid from her own funds about $150,000 in inappropriate expenses plus interest. Told Senate she was victim of vendetta.
Role:Duffy told her he was forced to apologize for his expenses or his reputation would be destroyed. Drove Duffy to the television studio in Prince Edward island where he made his apology Feb. 22 and said he would repay the money.
Role: Involved in the negotiations for Duffy repayment in exchange for end of Deloitte audit, and support of his PEI residency status. Received bank draft from Nigel Wright for Duffy, according to RCMP documents.
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