OTTAWA—Former Liberal Senator Mac Harb has called it quits, paid his $230,000 debt to the public purse, but may collect an annual pension of $123,000 for the rest of his life.
Harb is one of four senators whose expense claims are under review by the RCMP. That review will continue, but Harb said he was done fighting the Senate, now that the auditor general will audit everyone’s claims.
On Monday afternoon, declaring it was “never about the money,” Harb cut a $180,000 cheque to cover the amount outstanding from the $230,000 a Senate committee said he owed.
He submitted a letter to Gov. Gen. David Johnston announcing his intention to retire, effective immediately.
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