Controversial Brampton mayor Susan Fennell loses re-election bid

Susan Fennell loses bid for re-election to former provincial Liberal cabinet minister Linda Jeffrey

BRAMPTON, Ont. – Brampton’s controversial Mayor Susan Fennell has lost her bid for re-election amid a spending scandal that rocked the city northwest of Toronto.

Linda Jeffrey, a former provincial Liberal cabinet minister, defeated the incumbent and city councillor John Sanderson.

Fennel had been seeking a fifth term in office.

A recent audit found she broke municipal expense rules _ including on business-class flights, premium hotel rooms and cellphone IQ quizzes.

The expenses added up to more than $172,000, although roughly $41,000 was repaid and an arbitrator found Fennell must only pay back $3,523.

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