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  • Senate moving to suspend Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy

    The Senate is moving to suspend Senators Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin from the red chamber without pay, CBC has learned.

    At the same time, Duffy has sent a letter to the Speaker of the Senate, Noel Kinsella, requesting a medical leave of absence due to a heart condition.

    Three motions were read in the Senate shortly after 2:40 p.pm. ET that would strip Wallin and Duffy of not only their pay, but also Senate resources and benefits. One of the motions reinstated a suspension of Senator Patrick Brazeau, and also docked his pay and benefits, as well as the use of his office.

    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/sena...uffy-1.2101305

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    Pamela Wallin's lawyer threatens Senate legal action

    Sen. Pamela Wallin is threatening a legal battle against a Conservative move to suspend her without pay — something her lawyer calls an affront to Canadian democracy.

    Senate motions are set to be debated next week that would suspend Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau for "gross negligence" for the rest of the parliamentary session, which could last two full years.

    The three former members of the Conservative caucus were found by the Senate to have filed improper expense claims following independent audits.

    Wallin's lawyer Terrence O'Sullivan says there is nothing in the audits or the resulting Senate reports that make any mention of gross negligence.

    O'Sullivan says the Senate's own rules and the Constitution require due process, something he says Wallin has never been afforded during a series of in-camera hearings.

    He says if the motion against Wallin is passed, Saskatchewan will be denied its constitutional right to one of its senators, a move he attributes completely to political expediency by the Conservatives.


    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/pame...tion-1.2126244

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      Senate expense scandal: The Mike Duffy-Stephen Harper credibility war

      It's the kind of drama politics offers but rarely delivers. But on Tuesday, Senator Mike Duffy provided both the drama and a plot twist in the Senate expenses scandal worthy of the best whodunits.

      In the space of just a few minutes, Duffy portrayed Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the catalyst in what he called a conspiracy to force him to repay $90,000 in living expenses.

      Drawing on his years of experience as a broadcaster, the senator once again became a storyteller, weaving a tale of intrigue, intimidation and betrayal.

      He told the assembled senators — who were there to debate a motion to expel him and two other senators, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau, from the upper chamber — that he was attending against the orders of his doctors who feared the exertion would worsen his existing heart condition.

      More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/sena...-war-1.2159732

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        Mike Duffy claims Harper told him to repay expense money

        Senator Mike Duffy finally had his say Tuesday, dropping a political bombshell before the entire Senate, by saying Prime Minister Stephen Harper told him to repay his claimed expense money, whether or not it was claimed inappropriately.
        Before a stunned audience of senators and reporters in the Senate gallery, Duffy said Harper told him, in the presence of his then chief of staff Nigel Wright, it was the perception of the "base" that was important, not what Duffy said about his own innocence.


        More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mike...oney-1.2158507




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          Pamela Wallin attacks fellow senators in emotional speech

          Pamela Wallin finally got her say on the floor of the Senate Wednesday, and used the podium to take some shots at fellow senators.

          The Senate, after a lengthy debate, adjourned before a vote could be taken to suspend her, as well as Senators Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau, without pay. Debate will resume Thursday at 2 p.m. ET, the last sitting day for the Senate this week.

          Addressing the motion that would also cut her office use and benefits, Wallin pointed out that losing health benefits would be "a troubling prospect for a cancer survivor."


          More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/pame...eech-1.2186973

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          • #6
            Senate scandal: Stephen Harper denies allegations by Mike Duffy

            OTTAWA—Fighting for political credibility among Conservative supporters and beyond, an embattled Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched his most forceful defence yet over his role in the Mike Duffy affair.

            Harper stood in the Commons repeatedly Wednesday, took most questions directed to him, and flatly denied Duffy’s explosive allegation that he’d helped orchestrate a “monstrous” political scheme to repay Duffy’s expenses and whitewash an audit once they became political dynamite.

            More: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2...ike_duffy.html

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            • #7
              Senate debate over suspensions reveals Tory dissenters

              The motions to suspend Senators Mike Duffy, Patrick Brazeau and Pamela Wallin are "at the very least premature," Conservative Senator Don Plett said Thursday, making it clear he will not support them.

              Duffy, Wallin and Brazeau have all fired back at a bid by Conservative senators to have the three suspended without pay and benefits for inappropriately claiming Senate expenses.

              More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/sena...ters-1.2223600

              Last edited by Calendar; 10-26-2013, 01:51 PM.

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              • #8
                Harper not swayed by senators' appeals

                Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he will not be swayed by the extraordinary debate heard in the Senate this week as three embattled senators took turns fighting for their livelihood, after the Senate presented a motion to suspend them without pay over thousands of dollars claimed in ineligible expenses.


                In an interview with Newstalk 1010 on Friday, Harper said the Senate doesn't have to wait to find out if the RCMP will lay criminal charges against former Conservative senators Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin in order to take disciplinary action against them.


                More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/harp...eals-1.2252000
                Last edited by Calendar; 10-26-2013, 01:54 PM.

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                  Senate to consider changing suspension motion

                  The leader of the government in the Senate, Claude Carignan, says he is open to amendments to a motion that would suspend three senators without pay or benefits for two years over allegations of wrongdoing with their expense claims.

                  Carignan told Radio-Canada's television political program Les Coulisses du pouvoir that there is the potential to change sanctions that would be levelled against senators Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau if the motion is approved.

                  He suggested there was merit to what Wallin and Brazeau said as they defended themselves in speeches to their colleagues over the past week.


                  More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/sena...tion-1.2253409

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                  • #10
                    Mike Duffy drops another bombshell: there were 2 cheques

                    Senator Mike Duffy let loose in the Senate again Monday, alleging the prime minister's former chief of staff arranged for not one cheque to him, but two.

                    Duffy told the Senate he has a cheque, negotiated by Nigel Wright, in the amount of $13,500 to pay for his legal fees, on top of the $90,000 from Wright to be used to repay his expenses. Duffy said he has the emails and the cheque stub to prove it, adding the $13,500 was paid by the Conservative Party's top lawyer, Arthur Hamilton.

                    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mike...ques-1.2254419

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                    • #11
                      Senator Mike Duffy's bombshell allegations raise more questions


                      As the Senate continued to mull over motions to suspend Senators Mike Duffy, Patrick Brazeau and Pamela Wallin over the expense controversy, Duffy unloaded another series of bombshell revelations Monday afternoon.

                      He claimed that there were actually two cheques arranged by the prime minister's former chief of staff, Nigel Wright. The first for $90,000 to pay back Senate expenses and a second for $13,500 to pay his legal bills.

                      He also claimed the Prime Minister's Office concocted a story to explain how he repaid the $90,000. The revelations raised a whole new set of questions about the ongoing scandal.


                      More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/sena...ions-1.2255246

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                      • #12
                        Vote on Duffy, Wallin, Brazeau suspensions stalled

                        Procedural wrangling in the Senate means a vote on whether three senators should be barred and lose their pay, won't happen until at least Friday.

                        There are three motions on the table to suspend Senators Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau and strip them of their salaries, office use and benefits because of inappropriately claimed expense claims. The suspensions would last for a period of two years, when the general election is expected to be held.


                        More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/vote...lled-1.2286952

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                        • #13
                          Angry Harper lashes back over Senate scandal questions


                          Growing visibly more angry with every allegation coming from a senator that he appointed, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said during question period on Tuesday that Mike Duffy has shown no remorse for claiming ineligible expenses and should be removed from the Senate.

                          Harper's remarks came a day after the former Conservative dropped a second bombshell, saying there was not one but two cheques cut to him by Harper's former chief of staff.

                          Duffy told the Senate on Monday that Nigel Wright, Harper's former chief of staff, arranged to have his legal fees paid by the Conservative Party — in addition to the $90,000 cheque Wright gave Duffy to repay his ineligible expenses.


                          More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/angr...ions-1.2287252

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                          • #14
                            Harper points to Mulcair's legal fees paid by party

                            After days of being on the defensive over an alleged coverup to repay Mike Duffy's ineligible expenses, Prime Minister Stephen Harper found something to pin on the leader of the Opposition during question period on Wednesday.

                            Mulcair asked Harper, for a second day in a row, about the second cheque that Senator Duffy said was given to him by Nigel Wright, Harper's former chief of staff, to help him pay his legal fees.

                            Duffy told the Senate on Monday that Wright arranged to have $13,560 in legal fees paid by the Conservative Party — in addition to the $90,000 cheque Harper's then chief of staff gave Duffy to repay his ineligible expenses.


                            More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/harp...arty-1.2288345

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                              Wright-Duffy cheque affair: Harper’s explanations changing by the day

                              The prime minister doesn’t need to give voice to his exasperation with the Senate expense scandal as he heads to Calgary for a two-day policy convention.

                              Stephen Harper pantomimes his frustration almost every time he rises in the Commons to answer another barbed question.

                              He raises his palms heavenward, shakes his head balefully and repeats how "crystal clear" he's been since May in telling Senator Mike Duffy that he had to repay $90,000 in improperly claimed living expenses, in saying his former chief of staff resigned for deciding, on his own, to pay that money back out of his own pocket, and in reiterating that — had he known — he would have directed Nigel Wright not to do it in the first place.


                              More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/wrig...-day-1.2289226

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