04/18/2016 04:03 EDT

Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, Retired Senator Terry Stratton Repay Expenses

OTTAWA — Two more senators have repaid the upper chamber for expenses a special arbitrator ruled were improper.

Senate records show Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, a former Conservative appointed by Stephen Harper, and retired senator Terry Stratton repaid a combined bill of almost $26,000 as of Monday morning.

Boisvenu had originally been cited in last year's auditor general's report for $60,076 in questionable claims and saw his file sent to the RCMP for a criminal review.

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Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu arrives to an in-camera Senate hearing on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on July 28, 2014. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

The Mounties told Boisvenu earlier this year that they wouldn't pursue criminal charges.

And last month, former Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie cut Boisvenu's repayment bill to $20,467, saying $38,576 of Boisvenu's travel expenses were part of his political work on victims' rights.

Stratton was ordered to repay $5,466 for trips that Binnie and Ferguson agreed were more personal than parliamentary.

Senate records show nine of the original 30 senators cited in Ferguson's report have yet to repay a combined $568,474.

The Senate has set a deadline of Friday for repayment.

Sitting senators who miss the deadline will have their salaries clawed back until the Senate recoups the amounts owed.

The Senate has threatened to take retired senators to court if they don't pay up by the end of the week.


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