Senator Mac Harb mentioned in a recent statement released to the press on Monday that he has decided to retire from the Senate, while repaying all ineligible expense claims from the past eight years. The statement passed on to the press by his lawyer, Paul Champ, alleged that Harb has delivered a letter to Gov.-Gen., David Johnston, advising him that he will give up his position in the Senate effective immediately.
Harb’s press statement mentioned that “I have been contemplating retirement for some time as I personally never considered the Senate to be a lifetime position.” He elucidated that “these past few months have been extremely difficult for me and my family and caused me to evaluate what more I could contribute in the circumstances. My dispute with the Senate Committee on Internal Economy made working effectively in the Senate unrealistic.” Additionally, Harb’s statement explained that he has already submitted a cheque of amount $180,166.17 to the Senate’s internal economy committee, vowing a total reimbursement of $231,649.07.
Harb was one of the four senators whose expenses were controversially scrutinized by outside audits that concluded in disclosing thousands of dollars in expenses deemed disallowed. Harb had initially chosen to fight the order in court, although he recently indicated on Monday that he has given up that decision. Harb was appointed to the Senate in September, 2003, at a time when he had an experience of 15 years as a Member of Parliament, along with spending three years as a city councillor in Ottawa.
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