Pamela Wallin

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Pamela Wallin, at Tory senator from Saskatchewan, also found her expense claims under close scrutiny in Februrary when it was revealed she billed taxpayers $142,190.26 for trips between March 1, 2011, and Feb. 29, 2012. But only $10,551.99 of her expenses were related to travel between Ottawa and Saskatchewan, while the remaining $131,638.27 was filed under “Other.”

Questions were also raised about whether or not she satisfied the residency requirement needed to represent Saskatchewan in the Upper Chamber. Wallin split her time between Toronto and New York prior to being named a senator in 2008, but does own a plot of land in the province and two properties with family members.

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Patrick Brazeau

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Patrick Brazeau first came under fire in December of 2012 amid reports he was using his former father-in-law’s address in Maniwaki, Que., to claim a Senate housing allowance, while actually living in Gatineau, just across the river from Parliament Hill. The Senate Board of Internal Economy subsequently asked an auditor to look at Brazeau’s residency claims and expenses.

In early February, Brazeau was arrested and charged with assault and sexual assault after a heated argument with his girlfriend turned violent. The charges promptly got Brazeau turfed from the Conservative caucus.

On February 12, Brazeau was suspended indefinitely from the Upper Chamber.

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Mike Duffy

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Conservative Mike Duffy also courted controversy over his housing allowance.

The P.E.I. senator claimed his cottage in Cavendish as his primary residence and his long-time in home in Kanata, a suburb of Ottawa, as a secondary residence for which he collected $33,000 in living allowances he since 2010.

While always maintaining he was entitled to the compensation, Duffy vowed on February 22 to repay the money. He blamed the entire issue on confusing and vague Senate paperwork.

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Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu

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Pierre-Hughes Boisvenu, a Conservative senator from Quebec, came under fire in early March when it was revealed he collected a housing allowance of $20,000 despite living little more than a drive across a bridge from Parliament.

Boisvenu claimed his primary residence was in Sherbrooke, but sources said he had been staying at his secondary residence in Gatineau since separating from his wife in February, 2012.

Boisvenu was then forced to admit in March that he had been carrying on a relationship with an aide, Isabelle Lapointe. The Senate ethics officer had told him last year that he couldn’t have his girlfriend on the office payroll but Boisvenu ignored the warning for months. The two have since split up and Lapointe is now working elsewhere.

Boisvenu has repaid the $900 stipend he collected while living with Lapointe for three months near Ottawa.

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Mac Harb

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Liberal senator Mac Harb also had his expenses audited after it was discovered that he claimed about $40,212 in living expenses for a secondary residence in Ottawa from Nov. 30, 2010 to Nov. 30, 2012.

Harb, a former Ottawa MP, claims his primary residence is a bungalow in the tiny village of Westmeath, but neighbours claim that nobody lives there year-round and that it is basically a cottage.

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Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy among the top 10 spenders in the Senate

Gerry St. Germain, a Conservative who retired in November, was the top spender ($378,292)

Sen. Pamela Wallin, ranked second-highest in overall spending ($369,593)

Liberal Robert Peterson, who retired in October, landed in the fifth spot ($320,234)

Mike Duffy ranked 9-th with ($298,310).

Others include:

Terry Mercer, James Cowan, Nick Sibbeston, Fabian Manning, Bert Brown and Pana Merchant.

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