Conservative MP repays secret bonus

Secret Bonus repaid by Conservative MP
The cheque is in the mail...

"It just slipped my mind. I mean, I'm like everyone else. I'm only human, too," he said. "It wasn't something that was appearing on my desk every 30 days, like other bills that come in every month."

Those are the words of Conservative MP Fabian Manning, the only incumbent Conservative running for re-election in Newfoundland and Labrador, interviewed by CBC. He is referring to his failure to repay a secret bonus of $2,875 he accepted in 2004 while a member of the provincial legislature.

The Auditor General wrote to the House Speaker on July 16, 2007 to see who had repaid the secret allowance. (See page 49 of the Report on a Review of Constituency Allowance Claims from 1989-90 through to 2005-06.) Manning was one that had not made arrangements to repay the amount nor had he made any attempts to repay the secret allowance. Only after the a provincial newspaper was digging into his previous expenses as a member of the the provincial legislature did he repay the secret allowance.

Manning has told CBC News on today that he sent a cheque on Thursday to the house of assembly.

The cheque is in the mail...

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