OTTAWA – 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.