Senators explain their voting on the suspension process
The Senate scandal reached new and unprecedented heights last night, with the three Senators at the centre of it all getting the boot. The Senate voted to suspend senators Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau over questionable spending; all three lose their pay cheques but keep their medical benefits. It is the first time any senator has been sanctioned in this way without being convicted of a criminal offence.
We were joined by two senators who took part in that vote last night -- James Cowen is the Liberal Leader in the Senate, and he abstained on all three votes. Scott Tannas is a Conservative Senator who voted in FAVOUR of all three suspensions.