OTTAWA — An independent audit into dubious housing allowance claims by three senators did little Thursday to silence allegations of improper spending and cover-up hanging over Canada’s much-maligned upper chamber.
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Liberal Senate leader James Cowan said he wanted the committee looking into the controversy to ask police to investigate the housing claims by Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy, former Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau and Liberal Mac Harb.
“Personally, I think that’s the appropriate thing to do,” Cowan said.
Liberals and New Democrats in the House of Commons also clamoured for a police investigation even as Prime Minister Stephen Harper effectively declared the matter closed — satisfied, evidently, with the audit’s conclusions that the rules governing housing claims should be clarified and the money repaid.
The integrity of the audit process was also called into question Thursday amid suspicions that Duffy was tipped off…
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