The Niagara Falls Review
SENATE SCANDAL TIMELINE
JUNE 13, 2012: Study of Senate expense claims by auditor general reveals some senators didn’t have right documents to support claims for travel and living expenses.
NOV. 21: Senate committee asked to look into questionable housing claims for Tory Sen. Patrick Brazeau.
DEC. 3: Housing claims of Tory Sen. Mike Duffy come into question.
DEC. 6: Senate widens audit to include Liberal Sen. Mac Harb.
FEB. 8, 2013: External auditors hired for Brazeau’s, Duffy’s and Harb’s claims.
FEB. 12: Reports surface that Conservative Sen. Pamela Wallin’s travel spending is being audited.
APRIL 19: Duffy confirms he repaid more than $90,000 in housing expenses in March.
MAY 9: Harb and Brazeau ordered to repay $51,000 and $48,000, respectively, in housing claims. Harb resigns from Liberal caucus, says he will fight decision.
MAY 12: RCMP confirms examination of audits to see if criminal investigation warranted.
MAY 14: Brazeau says he will fight order to pay money back.
MAY 15: Confirmed that the PM’s chief of staff, Nigel Wright, wrote Duffy a personal cheque of more than $90,000 to cover repayment. MAY 16: Duffy resigns from Tory caucus. MAY 17: Wallin resigns from Tory caucus. MAY 19: Wright resigns. JUNE 6: Senate agrees to have auditor general conduct “comprehensive audit” of Senate spending.
JUNE 13: RCMP confirm criminal investigation into Wright’s payment to Duffy.
JULY 4: Sen. Marjory LeBreton, government leader in Senate, announces she is stepping down however, she will keep her seat until her term is up in two years.
AUG. 13: Senate refers Wallin’s “very troubling” audit to RCMP. AUG. 26: Mac Harb resigns from Senate. SEPT. 13: Wallin pays back more than $100,000, but decries Senate’s “lynch-mob mentality.”
OCT. 8: Mounties launch new investigation into Duffy.
OCT. 22: Duffy accuses former Conservative colleagues and PM Harper of conspiring against him in a scorching Senate speech. “I allowed myself to be intimidated into doing what I knew in my heart was wrong, out of a fear of losing my job, and a misguided sense of loyalty.”
OCT. 23: Wallin tells Senate she’s been “thrown under the bus” and says the process to toss her from her seat is flawed and a “fundamental affront to Canadian democracy.”
Nov. 1, 2013: RCMP release court documents alleging Wallin committed fraud and breach of trust by filing fraudulent expense claims, and request several versions of Wallin’s electronic Senate calendar.
Nov. 4: Brazeau addresses the Senate chamber, making an emotional appeal for senators to reconsider his case.
Nov. 5: Senators vote to suspend Brazeau, Duffy and Wallin without pay. Their benefits will stay intact.
Feb. 5, 2014: RCMP charge Harb and Brazeau with fraud and breach of trust.