"I discovered that through a clerical error, per diems were inadvertently charged for several days when I was not in the National Capital Region."
The statement, in which Duffy says he won't be granting interviews or taking media calls, makes no mention of the controversy over Tkachuk's apparent heads up.
Harb, who intends to fight the matter in court, resigned from the Liberal caucus until the matter Ebay Shoes Nike Air Max 2015 is settled.
"Following our informal conversation, Tuesday evening, I went through my files for January 2012," Duffy says in the April 18 letter to Tkachuk, obtained by The Canadian Press.
In declaring the matter closed, LeBreton noted that the auditors found the rules governing senators' primary and secondary residences were not clear, thereby essentially clearing the trio of deliberate fraud.
"The auditor has concluded that the rules in place were not clear; however, the Senate itself has decided it expects better judgment from the senators," the prime minister said.
The controversy, which erupted last fall, revolves around a housing allowance intended to compensate senators whose primary residence is more than 100 kilometres outside the national capital area. They are entitled to claim up to $22,000 a year in compensation for maintaining a secondary home in Ottawa.
It's sufficient that the three senators will be forced to repay allowances that were improperly claimed, LeBreton said.
OTTAWA Independent audits 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 house.
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In the letter, Duffy blames an inexperienced, temporary staffer for the mistake. "This claim was clearly not appropriate and I will reimburse the Senate without hesitation."
Harb and Brazeau may yet have to repay even more money. The internal economy committee has decided to extend its review of their expense claims to cover the entire period since they were appointed to the upper chamber an additional seven years worth of claims for Harb and two years for Brazeau.
"They're covering up for each other."
A letter from Duffy suggests fellow Conservative Sen. David Tkachuk, head of the Senate's internal economy committee, told him that Deloitte auditors had found he collected more than $1,000 in a daily living allowance while on vacation for 12 days in Florida.
But the integrity of the audit process was also called into question amid suspicions that Duffy was tipped off about irregularities in his expense claims by the chairman of the committee that was investigating them.
The informal conversation referenced in the letter took place April 16 the same day Tkachuk was briefed by the auditors on their findings.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair referred to the Senate's handling of the housing allowance controversy as a "bogus investigation" by Harper's "hand picked cronies."
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The audits, conducted by Deloitte, resulted in the Senate's internal economy committee demanding that hefty sums be repaid by Conservative Air Max Thea Women White
For his part, Duffy issued a written statement claiming vindication for his assertion that confusing rules led him to mistakenly claim some $90,000 in housing allowances which he repaid in March.
"Sen. Duffy has some months ago repaid the money and the Senate has decided that other senators will be expected to similarly repay those amounts."
Duffy said the reimbursed sum included the "erroneously claimed" per diems while on a Florida vacation an assertion difficult to square with his letter to Tkachuk, which suggests he didn't know about the per diem problem until mid April.
Sen. Mike Duffy, former Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau and Liberal Mac Harb.
Cowan called Tkachuk's apparent heads up to Duffy "certainly not proper."
asked to repay almost $51,500 and Brazeau almost $49,000 in allowances claimed from April 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012.
NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus said the tip to Duffy, which allowed him to remedy the problem before the audit was complete, demonstrates that the Senate is "an old boys' club."
But New Democrat and Liberal MPs, as well as Liberal Senate leader James Cowan, said the police should have been asked to investigate the housing claims.
Conservative Senate leader Marjory LeBreton declared the matter closed and said Duffy will remain in the Conservative caucus. Harper echoed her remarks in the Commons.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper dismissed accusations that the trio was defrauding taxpayers, together collecting nearly $200,000 in invalid housing allowances. Harper declared it a matter of fuzzy rules rather than impropriety.
the Senate $90,000 for a housing allowance he said he may have mistakenly claimed due to confusing paperwork.
"Personally, I think that's the appropriate thing to do," Cowan said, predicting that the police would take it upon themselves to review the audits even without an invitation to do so from the Senate.
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