Statement by the Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration
Ottawa (March 11, 2011) – Today a guilty verdict has been rendered in the criminal proceedings against Senator Lavigne. While awaiting the passage of sentence, the Standing Senate Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has moved to suspend his research and office expense budget under the authority granted by the Parliament of Canada Act to deal with emergency situations.
This becomes effective immediately and is meant to safeguard the interests of the institution when the Senate is not sitting.
The senator no longer has the right to the use of Senate resources for carrying out his parliamentary functions.
Senator Lavigne’s allowance for travel and telecommunications expenses is also suspended. The Senate will be asked to take appropriate action when it resumes sitting on March 21st.
The senator remains on leave of absence and still cannot attend Senate sittings and committee meetings.
There will be no further comment.
The Honourable David Tkachuk, senator
Chair of the Senate Committee of Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration
The Honourable George Furey, senator
Deputy Chair of the Senate Committee of Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration
Effective immediately, the following resources made available to the senator for carrying out parliamentary functions are suspended.
Contracts: Contracts entered on the senator`s behalf by the Senate for design and maintenance of the Website and for the photocopier are terminated;
Office Research Budget: The office budget is frozen - no new expenditures can be made. The corporate credit card is cancelled. The account for office supplies is closed;
Travel Allowance: The senator is no longer entitled to use travel points. Funds allocated for “Living Expenses in the National Capital Region” are also suspended. No travel allowance or reimbursement for living expenses in the National Capital Region is claimable;
Telecommunications services, computers equipment, etc.: All communications plans are cancelled and the Blackberry device is disabled. The calling card is cancelled. The website on the Senate server is disabled. The land lines for phone and fax that are paid by the Senate for the home office are cancelled;
Services of the Senate Administration: The various services provided by the Senate Administration, such as printing, for the carrying out parliamentary functions are withdrawn. Messenger services will not be available and the mail will not be picked up in the senator`s office but incoming mail will be delivered; and
Any other such resources, that are not maintained as listed above, provided by the Senate.
March 11, 2011