He ran again in Verdun—Saint-Paul, Quebec in the 1993 election, and was elected a Liberal Member of Parliament (MP). He was re-elected as the MP for the riding, now called Verdun—Saint-Henri—Saint-Paul—Pointe-Saint-Charles, in the 1997 and 2000 federal elections.
On June 8, 2006, he was temporarily removed from the Liberal caucus after allegedly misusing Senate funds for personal use. He apparently used $23,000 in funds for work on his estate, including having his executive assistant cut down trees on his property.
Since then, Lavigne's lawyer said that Lavigne had agreed to pay back the $23,000, without an admission of wrongdoing.
On August 14, 2007, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who had been investigating allegations raised concerning the misuse of funds for the last year, laid criminal charges against Lavigne: fraud over $5,000, breach of trust and obstruction of justice
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