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Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak removes Peter Shurman as finance critic

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A file photo of Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak. In a recent speech to the Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo Chambers of Commerce, PC Leader Tim Hudak used just half a sentence to dismiss the Liberals as having no plan to create jobs. File Photo

TORONTO – Peter Shurman, who has been embroiled in controversy over his housing allowance claim, has been removed as the Progressive Conservative finance critic.

Opposition Leader Tim Hudak made the announcement in a statement Sunday evening, saying elected officials are held to a higher standard even if they follow the rules.

Liberals and New Democrats criticized Shurman, a Toronto-area member, when it was revealed that he billed the maximum $20,719 last year after moving to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

He said last week that he followed the rules but added that he would stop collecting the housing allowance while they are reviewed, and pay for his own accommodation in Toronto.

Hudak said he met with Shurman to discuss the matter and removed him from the critic’s post.

The Tory leader said the party needs to concentrate on holding the Liberal government to account and turning the province around.

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