Trudeau pays back MP expenses claimed while moonlighting as paid public speaker

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks with the media following party caucus meetings on Parliament Hill Wednesday November 6, 2013 in Ottawa. Trudeau has disclosed that he wrongly claimed $840 in expenses that were unrelated to his duties as an MP. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has disclosed that he wrongly claimed $840 in expenses that were unrelated to his duties as an MP.

Trudeau says the errors were honest administrative mistakes for which he takes full responsibility.

And he says he repaid the full amount as soon as the errors were brought to his attention.

The tab includes a $672 transportation claim in 2012 and two per diems claimed in 2009 and 2010.

Trudeau admits all three claims related to paid public speaking engagements, not to his duties as an MP.

His admission comes as the Conservative government struggles to extract itself from the mire of a protracted Senate expenses scandal.


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