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These Are All The Canadian Senators Under Fire For Various Reasons

06/18/2015 04:27 EDT | Updated 06/18/2016 05:59 EDT
OTTAWA - There are 85 members in the Senate. Of that number, two are at trial, another is awaiting trial, nine have had their expenses flagged to the attention of the RCMP, one is suspended while her expenses are studied and one has been kicked out of caucus over allegations of personal misconduct.

There are 20 vacancies, as Prime Minister Stephen Harper has shied away from appointing new senators in a time when a shadow hangs over the whole upper chamber.

Here's a breakdown of the senators under fire:

Charged

Mike Duffy: The former Conservative appointed by Harper is suspended and on trial facing 31 charges, including fraud, bribery and breach of trust. He has pleaded not guilty and insists he followed the Senate's often-vague rules on expenses.

Patrick Brazeau: Also a former Conservative appointed by Harper, he is suspended and on trial charged with assault and sexual assault in connection with a 2013 incident. He also faces trial next year on charges of fraud and breach of trust. He has pleaded not guilty on all counts.

In April 2014, Brazeau was also charged with assault, possession of cocaine, uttering threats and breaching bail conditions, following an altercation. In October 2014, he was charged with two counts related to being behind the wheel of a car while impaired and a third for possessing a weapon in breach of his bail conditions.

Mac Harb: The retired former Liberal senator appointed by Jean Chretien is awaiting trial on charges of fraud and breach of trust in connection with expenses he charged while in office.

Expense claims sent to RCMP

Rod Zimmer: A Liberal senator from Manitoba 2005-2013, the former Liberal fundraiser was appointed by Paul Martin. Questioned expenses of $176,014 have been referred to the RCMP.

Pierre Hugues Boisvenu: A prominent victim's rights activist, he was named a Conservative senator from Quebec by Harper in 2010. Questioned expenses of $61,076 have been referred to the RCMP.

Rose-Marie Losier-Cool: A Liberal senator from New Brunswick 1995-2012, the prominent member of the Acadian community was appointed by Jean Chretien. Questioned expenses of $110,051 have been referred to the RCMP.

Colin Kenny: A Liberal senator from Ontario since 1984, the former Liberal policy adviser was appointed by Pierre Trudeau. Questioned expenses of $35,549 have been referred to the RCMP.

Sharon Carstairs: A Liberal senator from Manitoba 1994-2011, the former Manitoba Liberal leader was appointed by Jean Chretien. Questioned expenses of $7,528 have been referred to the RCMP.

Marie-P. Charette-Poulin: A Liberal senator from Ontario 1995-2015, the former broadcasting executive was appointed by Jean Chretien. Questioned expenses of $5,606 have been referred to the RCMP. She has repaid $5,606.

Donald Oliver: A Conservative senator from Nova Scotia 1990-2013, the former developer and lawyer was appointed by Brian Mulroney. Disputed expenses of $48,088 have been referred to the RCMP. Oliver has repaid $23,395.

Bill Rompkey: A Liberal senator from Newfoundland and Labrador 1995-2011, the former Liberal MP was appointed by Jean Chretien. Questioned expenses of $17,292 have been referred to the RCMP.

Gerry St. Germain: A Conservative senator from British Columbia 1993-2012, the former air force officer and MP was appointed by Brian Mulroney. Questioned expenses of $67,588 have been referred to the RCMP.

Suspended

Pamela Wallin: A former Conservative appointed by Harper, she is suspended from the Senate. The RCMP are investigating her expense claims, but no charges have been laid. She repaid questioned expenses of more than $100,000. She accused the Senate of a rush to judgment in the run-up to her suspension.

Out of caucus

Don Meredith: The former Conservative appointed by Harper has been kicked out of the caucus after published allegations that he conducted a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. The Senate leadership has referred the matter to the upper chamber's ethics officer.

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