NDP is asking the Secretary of Sport to conduct a “continuity review” of Hockey Canada

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NDP MP Peter Julian is calling on the federal government to conduct a “thorough audit” of Hockey Canada’s 2016 finances.

The request, made in a letter to Sport Minister Pascale St-Onge on Tuesday, relates to thousands of dollars in expenses attributed to the sport’s national governing body, including high-end dinners, luxurious hotel suites and championship rings for board members.

Julian, a member of the House of Commons Inheritance Committee who has been investigating the federation since an explosive allegation of sexual assault and subsequent tacit payment was uncovered in the spring, wrote that he also raised the issue in another letter to the embattled CEO of Hockey Canada, Scott Smith, addressed .

Julian told the Canadian press last month he’d received information about the perks – including more than $5,000 worth of meals – and swanky accommodations from an unnamed former board member.

In a statement provided to CP at the time, Hockey Canada said board expenses “are regularly reviewed to ensure they are reasonable.”

St-Onge oversees Sport Canada and Hockey Canada, and according to Julian, “It is your responsibility to ensure that Hockey Canada uses government funds and hockey parent registration fees in an responsible and transparent manner.”

The BC MP added in his letter that the recent revelations “show that Hockey Canada has not been transparent and accountable to the public, and particularly to hockey parents.”

Hockey Canada has come under intense scrutiny since TSN first reported an undisclosed settlement paid to a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by eight players, including members of the 2018 World Junior Team, at a gala event in London, Ontario be.

The complainant had sought damages of $3.55 million. None of the allegations were tested in court.

St-Onge ordered a Hockey Canada forensic audit to ensure no public funds were used as part of the settlement.

Hockey Canada officials told the Heritage Committee in July that it used the organization’s National Equity Fund, which relies on small hockey membership dues, to settle $7.6 million in uninsured claims in nine related settlements charged with sexual assault or abuse since 1989.

This number did not include the alleged incident in London.

Hockey Canada has also announced that it is investigating an alleged sexual assault involving members of the country’s 2003 world junior team.

The federation’s current board said last month it supported Smith, who also serves as president, and his executive team despite calls for changes at the top.

This led Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to state that Hockey Canada’s leadership had lost the confidence of the federal government and the country at large.

The federation’s response to the scandal has included the release of an action plan and a third-party review of its leadership, but the only leadership change so far has been the resignation of chief executive Michael Brind’Amour, whose term was due to end in November.

He resigned on August 6 and was replaced on an interim basis by Andrea Skinner three days later. Skinner then released the August 29 statement supporting Smith.

Conservative MP Karen Vecchio, chair of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, told The Canadian Press last week she believes everything Hockey Canada is doing at the moment is related to optics.

“It’s actually disingenuous,” she said. “I believe that.”

“No one gives up, that’s great,” Vecchio added sarcastically. “You guys have done such a great job so far.

“It’s like going back to the same restaurant that continues to serve you bad food.”

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