07/25/2016 12:34 EDT | Updated 07/25/2016 12:59 EDT

Mike Duffy's Salary To Be Clawed Back In Latest Senate Expense Dispute

The senator's lawyer calls it an 'improper collateral attack.'

OTTAWA — Sen. Mike Duffy is going to find his Senate paycheque will soon be a little lighter.

The Senate is going to start clawing back Duffy's salary after the Prince Edward Island senator refused to repay almost $17,000 in disputed expense claims before Saturday's deadline.

Duffy also opted against having an outside arbitrator hear arguments in the case.

Sen. Mike Duffy leaves the courthouse after being acquitted on all charges Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Ottawa. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP)

A spokeswoman for Sen. Leo Housakos, chairman of the upper chamber's internal economy committee, says the Senate must now garnishee Duffy's salary under the dispute resolution policy set up in response to the auditor general's audit.

Jacqui Delaney says the details of how much will be clawed back, and for how long, are still being worked out.

The Senate previously withheld a percentage of Sen. Patrick Brazeau's salary until the upper chamber recouped about $49,000 in disputed housing expenses.

Duffy was not immediately available for comment Monday.

$10,000 for personal trainer

The Senate decided last month that it wanted the money back after taking a second look at seven claims totalling $16,995. Senate officials said the action came about because of new information that "had surfaced in the public domain" during Duffy's criminal trial.

The claims range from $10,000 for a personal trainer to $8 for personal photos.

Duffy's lawyer told the Senate that the one-time Conservative senator's spending was given the all-clear by an Ontario Court judge earlier this year when Duffy was acquitted of 31 criminal charges.

Lawyer Donald Bayne also said Duffy didn't want to take part in the arbitration process because he does not want to "legitimize" a process that is "an improper collateral attack" on the judge's verdict.


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