Feb 25, 2013 / 7:03 pm
Mike Duffy may have hoped controversy over his expenses and eligibility to sit in the Senate would go away after his offer to repay tens of thousands in an improperly collected housing allowance.
But the Conservative senator's explanation, that confusing paperwork is to blame for his innocent mistake, isn't washing with opposition leaders in either of Parliament's two chambers.
Sen. James Cowan, Liberal leader in the upper chamber, says Duffy's explanation isn't plausible.
What's more, Cowan isn't convinced Duffy, and possibly two other Conservative senators, Pamela Wallin and Dennis Patterson, meet the constitutional requirement that senators must reside in the provinces or territories they were appointed to represent.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is raising the same doubts in the House of Commons.
For its part, the government insists Duffy, Wallin and Patterson all maintain sufficiently deep ties to their home provinces or territories to meet the undefined constitutional residency requirement.
As for Duffy's housing allowance, the government is urging opposition parties to await the results of a committee investigation and an external audit.
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