POLITICS
02/04/2014 03:47 EST | Updated 04/06/2014 05:59 EDT

A look at senators who left the chamber in disgrace in recent years

OTTAWA - The Mounties have charged former Liberal senator Mac Harb and suspended former Tory senator Patrick Brazeau with fraud and breach of trust. They aren't the only senators to have run afoul of the law or the rules in recent years. Here's a look at some others:

— Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin are both former broadcasters appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. They were suspended last December, along with Brazeau, amid questions about the propriety of their expenses. They remain under investigation by the RCMP.

— Raymond Lavigne was a Liberal MP appointed to the Senate by Jean Chretien in 2002. In August 2007, the RCMP charged Lavigne with fraud, breach of trust and obstruction of justice. In March 2011, he was convicted of fraud and breach of trust and acquitted on the third charge, and resigned from the Senate shortly after. He was sentenced to six months in jail.

---

Michel Cogger was a Quebec businessman, lawyer and senior Conservative political adviser who was named to the Senate by Brian Mulroney in 1986. In 1991, Cogger was charged with influence peddling. He was acquitted in 1993 but in 1997 the Supreme Court of Canada ordered a new trial which led to Cogger's conviction in 1998. He appealed his sentence and eventually received an absolute discharge. He resigned from the Senate in 2000.

---

Eric Berntson was a Saskatchewan Conservative politician and deputy premier who was named to the Senate by Mulroney in 1990 as one of the eight extra senators appointed to push the GST through the upper chamber. In 1999, Berntson was convicted of illegally diverting provincial government allowances between 1987 and 1991. He was sentenced to a year in prison and resigned from the Senate in 2001 after his final appeal failed.

---

Andrew Thompson was an Ontario provincial politician who was named to the Senate in April 1967. He was a low-profile senator, but became notorious for his terrible attendance record. At one point, the Reform party in the Commons targeted his frequent absences in Mexico by hiring a mariachi band to play in the Senate foyer. The Senate eventually stripped him of salary, privileges and perks and suspended him. He resigned in March 1998.

---