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Former senator facing RCMP probe

Former Senator Gerry St. Germain has been named in a RCMP Senate expense probe.

St. Germain was in Gitsegulak last week to speak in support of a First Nations Financial Management Board presentation.

The RCMP probe has already forced one Tory Senator to quit the Conservative caucus and sit as an independent.

Although Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu says he left voluntarily, it’s clear he’d been swept up by the same political maelstrom that cast aside former colleagues Patrick Brazeau, Pamela Wallin, and Mike Duffy, who’s currently standing trial on 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery.

Eight more face a similar situation.

Multiple Senate sources confirmed the paperwork of Liberal Colin Kenny could be sent to the RCMP along with the files of seven retired senators.

They include St. Germain and his former Tory colleague Donald Oliver, and former Liberals Sharon Carstairs, Marie-P. Charette-Poulin, Rose-Marie Losier-Cool, Bill Rompkey, and Rod Zimmer.

A separate group of 21 senators deemed by auditor general Michael Ferguson to have made questionable claims include Speaker Leo Housakos; James Cowan, the Liberal leader in the Senate; and Cowan’s Conservative counterpart, Claude Carignan.

They all have confirmed that they were red-flagged in the audit.

Housakos, however, says Ferguson is being “nit-picky.”

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