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Today on the Hill: Deloitte faces grilling over controversial Senate audit

11/28/2013 04:30 EST | Updated 01/27/2014 05:59 EST
OTTAWA - Auditors from Deloitte will be grilled by the Senate's secretive internal economy committee today about potential interference in their audit of Senator Mike Duffy's expenses.

RCMP documents released last week allege Conservative Sen. Irving Gerstein tried to stop the audit in its tracks by calling a partner at the firm.

The auditors are expected to be asked about the allegations, which have not been proven in court.

The opposition parties repeatedly asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the Commons yesterday why Gerstein hasn't been relieved of his duties, which include sitting on the Senate banking committee and being in charge of donations to the Conservative party.

Among the other events on today's Parliament Hill roster:

— New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair will speak over the lunch hour to the board of directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

— The Supreme Court of Canada will release decisions in two appeals involving tax assessments.

— The group Mothers Against Drunk Driving will join New Democrat MP Tarik Brahmi as he presents a bill to allow for the use of random breath testing by police.

— Former Quebec Premier Jean Charest will be among the guest speakers as the School of Public Policy hosts a conference to discuss Canada's retirement income and pension problems.

— Information commissioner Suzanne Legault tables a special report on instant messaging.

— A number of cabinet ministers will appear separately at a Commons committee studying the government's supplementary spending estimates.

— Veterans ombudsman Guy Parent appears at a committee to discuss the statutory review of the Enhanced New Veterans Charter Act.

— Executives from Kia Canada, Mercedes-Benz Canada and Toyota Canada will give the Economic Club of Canada their thoughts on the future of the automobile in Canada.

— And you know it's winter when . . . the federal Heritage Department holds a photo opportunity to welcome the Ice Hogs, the official mascots of Ottawa's Winterlude festival, which runs from the end of January to mid-February.