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Senators Suspending Senators

Friday host Rick MacInnes-Rae speaks with Senators about the expense scandal in the Upper House and whether they're comfortable voting to suspend fellow Senators.
There's an uncertainty in the Red Chamber. Some say it risks being seen as a Star Chamber as it pursues Senators Brazeau, Duffy and Wallin. We convene a sitting of Senators and pursue the politics in play, as it prepares for a rare sitting today.



The scrap in the Senate continues ...

The principle is that when you have bad behaviour and you use your privilege to abuse power and it could imply a disciplinary sanction, that's what we're doing. It's a very severe sanction, but I think it's appropriate in this instance.Claude Carignan, Leader of the Government in the Senate

Claude Carignan, the Government Leader in the Senate believes the plan to suspend Senators Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin without pay is harsh but fair. But a few Senators appear to be having sober second thoughts.

Some think it is not the Senate's place to discipline its members in this way. And some say the Senators deserve a better chance to properly defend themselves against accusations of inappropriate spending.

For the ideas in this debate, we were joined by three Senators:

Independent Senator Anne Cools, Liberal Senator David Smith and Conservative Senator Marjory LeBreton, the former leader of the government in the Senate.

They were all in Ottawa.


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This segment was produced by The Current's Peter Mitton and Sujata Berry.

* Thanks to our satirically minded friends at the CBC's Content Factory


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