Nov 05, 2013
By Michael Kramer
Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin have been suspended for allegedly claiming improper travel and living expenses.
The three were once members of the Conservative caucus.
They will retain their health, dental and life insurance benefits, but will be barred from the upper chamber until the parliamentary session ends – which could be another two years.
Senators voted 50-29 to suspend Brazeau, with 13 abstentions, and 52-28 to suspend Duffy, with 11 abstentions. In Wallin’s case, the vote was 52-27, with 12 abstentions.
The voting ends a long debate in the upper chamber over the suspensions but the bombshells launched by Duffy during the debate are still reverberating for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government.
Harper endured another grilling in question period today, this time about a letter that shows the RCMP is looking for documents that “may potentially be evidence of criminal wrongdoing” by some in the Prime Minister’s Office.
Investigators are looking for emails related to a “script” Duffy said he was given by the PMO to cover up the fact that Nigel Wright, Harper’s chief of staff at the time, gave him $90,000 to repay his disallowed expenses.