Government moves to suspend Duffy, Wallin from Senate amid expense scandal

OTTAWA – The government is moving to suspend Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin from the Senate without pay.

Both are under RCMP investigation for allegedly filing fraudulent living and travel expense claims.

A Conservative source says motions will be introduced shortly in the Senate to suspend the duo, both of whom were appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and have been sitting as independents since the scandal broke last winter.

The Senate had previously suspended Sen. Patrick Brazeau, who is also under police investigation for inappropriate expense claims, after he was charged with assault and sexual assault in February.

That suspension ended when Harper prorogued Parliament, but the government will move today to reinstate it.

Duffy has pre-empted his suspension by announcing earlier today that he’s taking medical leave due heart problems.

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