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Meet the one senator who wants you to look through his expenses: Globe and Mail

Meet the one senator who wants you to look through his expenses: Globe and Mail

Josh Wingrove

Questions about personal expenses aren’t new for Doug Black – the only senator in Canada to post his expenses online is a man who has been through this before.

Since joining the Senate earlier this year, Mr. Black has been voluntarily publishing everything at a time when senators’ expenses are under scrutiny amid reviews of claims made by several current and former senators, including Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy, Mac Harb and Pamela Wallin.

In revealing all his claims, Mr. Black hopes to clear the air of what he calls the “baloney” questions about some spending and focus on issues.

“This whole discussion we’ve had over the past couple of months on expenses, senators’ expenses, has been a tremendous distraction. And I went to Ottawa to talk about the issues that are affecting Albertans. And I thought the best way to clean that up and to get through that was to just put it all out there for the whole world to see,” said Mr. Black, who says his top issue is market access for Canada’s energy sector. “…We need to get through this baloney to talk about the issues that matter.”

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