Senate softens possible sanctions

Senators Mike Duffy, Patrick Brazeau and Pamela Wallin. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Senators Mike Duffy, Patrick Brazeau and Pamela Wallin. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:08 PM ET

OTTAWA — With the addition of a few fresh battle wounds, the Conservative government found itself almost right back where it started Thursday in its attempts to dump three senators from the public payroll.

Conservative Sen. Yonah Martin introduced the second attempt to suspend Patrick Brazeau, Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy without pay - but this time the embattled trio would be allowed to keep their life, dental, and health insurance benefits.

She will also move to cap debate on the motions to six hours when the Senate resumes sitting Monday.

The Tory's point man in the Senate, Claude Carignan, sounding weary, said he felt like the "debate had gone in circles" and it was time to pull the plug and finally vote on the disciplinary measures against Wallin, Duffy, and Brazeau.

The three are facing suspension over for hundreds of thousands of dollars in expense claims the Senate deemed inappropriate.


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