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Senate expenses: what you need to know

Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy, Mac Harb and Pamela Wallin implicated in scandal that has gripped Ottawa

Last Updated: Feb. 5, 2014

Senate chamber, Canadian Press photo

The travel habits and housing arrangements of some Canadian senators have been under the microscope in recent months.

The ongoing controversy led to audits of four senators' expense claims.

More: Key moments in the Senate expenses controversy

Whether any criminal charges will come out of this won't be known for some time, as the RCMP investigates some cases. But the controversy has already caused some to rethink the upper chamber and how it operates.

Take a look below for key facts about the Senate and more about the expenses scandal.

Who's who in the expense controversy


History of Senate salaries



A $10,700 tax-free expense allowance was eliminated in 2001. Senate salaries were increased as a result. | Source: Parliament of Canada



Sources: CBC News stories, wire service reports | Photo of Senate chamber: Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press

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