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Canada senators in expense scandal

AFP-JIJI

Canada’s Senate on Tuesday effectively expelled three of their own for what an audit revealed were “troubling” expense claims, as a federal police probe intensified.

Sens. Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau — all of whom were appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper — were stripped of their duties, staff and salaries for two years in a vote. They will keep their health and other benefits.

The trio were accused of charging hundreds of thousands of dollars for travel and housing expenses in a scandal that has been a drag on the ruling Conservatives’ popularity — now at an all-time low, according to polls.