POLITICS

Former Supreme Court judge to rule on challenges to claims totalling $541,000

06/19/2015 04:12 EDT | Updated 06/19/2016 05:59 EDT
OTTAWA - A total of 19 senators have opted to challenge the findings of the auditor general's report by appealing to retired Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie, the special arbitrator hired by the Senate.

Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu: The now-independent senator from Quebec is one of two sitting senators who have been referred to the RCMP. Amount flagged: $61,822 Amount repaid: $908 Amount being challenged: $60,914.

Sharon Carstairs: Retired Liberal senator was cited in the auditor general's report for questionable housing claims and referred to the RCMP. Amount flagged: $7,528. Amount repaid: $0. Amount being challenged: $7,528.

Jean-Guy Dagenais: Conservative senator from Quebec was flagged for travel claims made by one of his staffers. Amount flagged: $3,538. Amount repaid: $0. Amount being challenged: $3,538.

Joseph Day: Liberal senator from New Brunswick was flagged for questionable travel claims, including one to a 2011 election rally in Toronto. Amount flagged: $19,634. Amount repaid: $2,850.66. Amount being challenged: $16,783.34.

Colin Kenny: Liberal senator from Ontario, he is one of two sitting senators to have been referred to the RCMP for review. Amount flagged: $35,549. Amount repaid: $0. Amount being challenged: $35,549.

Rose-Marie Losier-Cool: Retired Liberal senator from New Brunswick has been referred to the RCMP for review of questionable housing and travel claims. Amount flagged: $110,051. Amount repaid: $0. Amount being challenged: $110,051.

Sandra M. Lovelace Nicholas: Liberal senator from New Brunswick was flagged in the auditor generals' report for questionable travel claims. Amount flagged: $75,227. Amount repaid: $0. Amount being challenged: $75,227.

Elaine McCoy: The independent senator from Alberta, who identifies as a Progressive Conservative, was flagged for questionable travel by her and her staff. Amount flagged: $10,298. Amount repaid: $0. Amount being challenged: $10,298.

Terry Mercer: Liberal senator from Nova Scotia was named in the auditor's report for questionable travel claims, including one trip to attend the 100th anniversary of a Toronto curling club of which he was once a member. Amount flagged: $29,338. Amount repaid: $0. Amount being challenged: $29,338.

Pana Merchant: Liberal senator from Saskatchewan was flagged for travel expenses that weren't for Senate business, or not properly approved by the Senate's internal economy committee. Amount flagged: $5,500. Amount repaid: $511. Amount being challenged: $4,989.

Lowell Murray: Retired Conservative senator from Ontario was flagged for travel around Atlantic Canada that auditors said wasn't for any specific legislative or policy initiative. Amount flagged: $16,300. Amount repaid: $0. Amount being challenged: $16,300.

Dennis Glen Patterson: Conservative senator from Nunavut, Patterson was named for expensing a trip to a fundraiser, which he repaid, and for legal advice on a constitutional issue. Amount flagged: $22,985. Amount repaid: $9,223. Amount being challenged: $13,762.

Robert W. Peterson: Retired Liberal from Saskatchewan, Peterson was challenged for one travel claim for him and his spouse between Regina and Ottawa in December 2011. Amount flagged: $11,493. Amount repaid: $0. Amount being challenged: $11,493.

Don Plett: Conservative senator from Manitoba, Plett was challenged on travel claims that included a trip to Montreal in February 2012 that included going to a hockey game. Amount flagged: $4,095. Amount repaid: $2,975. Amount being challenged: $1,120.

Bill Rompkey: Retired Liberal from Newfoundland and Labrador was challenged for questionable housing claims and referred to the RCMP for review. Amount flagged: $17,292. Amount repaid: $0. Amount being challenged: $17,292.

Nick G. Sibbeston: A Liberal from the Northwest Territories, auditors challenged Sibbeston on travel claims that weren't for parliamentary business and for flights his spouse took alone. Amount flagged: $50,102. Amount repaid: $0. Amount being challenged: $50,102.

Gerry St. Germain: Retired Conservative from B.C. has had his file sent to the RCMP for review over questionable travel claims for himself and his staff, including four political fundraisers at his home. Amount flagged: $67,588. Amount repaid: $468. Amount being challenged: $67,120.

Terry Stratton: Retired Conservative from Alberta was challenged on questionable travel claims and used his response to the audit findings to call on the prime minister to hold a referendum on Senate abolition. Amount flagged: $5,466. Amount repaid: $59.98 Amount being challenged: $5,406.02.

David Tkachuk: Conservative senator from Saskatchewan was chairman of the committee that oversaw Mike Duffy's expense audit and was challenged for travel claims that auditors said were not for Senate business. Amount flagged: $7,391. Amount repaid: $3,920.57. Amount being challenged: $3,470.43