Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose is placing the Old Port of Montreal under the stewardship of the Canada Lands Co., a Crown property management firm.

The switch follows an expense scandal that rocked the board of directors of the popular Montreal tourist attraction.

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Claude Benoit, former CEO of the Old Port of Montreal Corp., appeared before MPs last May to defend expenses of its board of directors and executives. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Last June, the House of Commons ethics committee said a $10,000 expense bill racked up by the president of the Old Port during a trip to the South Pacific was out of line.

The committee said the costs submitted by Claude Benoit were inappropriate and unacceptable, and called for a broader investigation into spending at the corporation.

Benoit charged $10,000 in expenses related to 12 days of work during a 29-day personal vacation to Australia and New Zealand in late 2008 and early 2009.

Benoit said she gathered information on behalf of the Old Port and on her return, produced a 115-page report which was heavy on photos, light on content and failed to impress the MPs on the committee.