Description: It would have been hard to miss it, the news of Senator Mike Duffy’s acquittal on all 31 criminal charges he faced for his role in the Senate expense controversy of recent years. The trial judge said Senator Duffy may have made various administrative errors in his expense claims, but there was nothing of a criminal nature. Meanwhile, Canadians may be wondering what all this means for the future of the Senate.
Date: April 21, 2016
1) Were you following the Duffy trial? Were you surprised by the verdict?
2) The Senate Expenses Timeline included with the story shows this saga began in 2012 with the release of an audit report questioning the documentation (or lack thereof) in support of a number of Senate expense claims. What audit procedures do you think the auditors may have employed to arrive at this conclusion?
3) Imagine that you are now a qualified accountant and you have just been appointed as the chief financial officer of the Senate. What would be some of your first steps that you would employ to help deal with the fallout of this Senate expense scandal?