Senator Pamela Wallin says suspension same as being expelled for life

SASKATOON – Senator Pamela Wallin says being suspended from the upper chamber is the same as being expelled for life.

Wallin told NewsTalk radio in Saskatchewan that she can’t imagine Prime Minister Stephen Harper changing his mind on the issue if he’s re-elected in 2015.

And she says if the Liberals win, they likely won’t want three seats in the Senate filled by former Conservatives.

Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau were suspended Tuesday by the Senate in the midst of an expenses scandal.

Wallin says her staff have been fired.

When asked if it she plans to resign, Wallin says she hasn’t focused on that and needs to know what the suspension means.

“I’ve lost, I think, some rights that most ordinary Canadians have, which is to go onto Parliament Hill,” she told the John Gormley Live show Thursday.

“You know everything has been locked down. We’re out. Our staff was fired unceremoniously yesterday. This is a brutal, brutal process, but there are very few answers at the other end of it.”

Duffy, Wallin and Brazeau retain the titles as senators and their health, dental and life insurance coverage, but get no pay and lose their Senate privileges and resources for the duration of the current parliamentary session.

All three maintain they’re the victims of a political witch hunt.

Wallin is from Wadena, Sask.

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