Fifth senator lands in expenses controversy

One of the accusers has become an accused in the Senate expenses scandal. But Sen. Carolyn Stewart Olsen insists she’s been falsely accused of improperly claiming living expenses.

OTTAWA — One of the accusers has become an accused in the Senate expenses scandal.

But Sen. Carolyn Stewart Olsen insists she’s been falsely accused of improperly claiming living expenses.

The Conservative senator — who is closely allied with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and who was instrumental in calling on the RCMP to investigate the allegedly invalid expense claims of four other senators — denies she wrongly claimed more than $4,000 in accommodation and meals at a time when she was not involved in any Senate business.

“I have reviewed these claims with the Senate finance administration and they have found nothing improper,” Stewart Olsen said in a terse written statement Tuesday.

“I welcome the auditor general’s review of all senators’ expenses.”

The statement followed a report in The Huffington Post Canada, which alleged that Stewart Olsen wrongly claimed daily living expenses from December 2010 to February 2011.

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