Senate scandal provides lessons in expense management

Policy, procedure key to compliance, lower costs
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/18/2016

The Senate expense scandal has filled the news of late after Canada’s auditor general looked into questionable claims by the upper house of Parliament. More recently, retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Ian Binnie reduced the $322,611 in expenses 14 current and former senators were ordered to repay to $177,898.

While it’s a situation involving public funds, the scandal serves to highlight the challenges of expense management. 

For one, there’s the importance of policy and procedure — Binnie’s report frequently referenced Senate Administrative Rules and Senator’s Travel Policy 2012.