Brazeau says he was offered 'backroom deal'
The Conservative leader in the Senate has confirmed he offered Friday to go easy on Sen. Patrick Brazeau if the ousted Conservative would apologize for his expense claims.
Brazeau revealed what he called the "backroom deal'' to a stunned Senate chamber as it continued to debate a government push to suspend him and two other former Tory senators, without pay, for the next two years.
Brazeau says Claude Carignan approached him Friday morning outside the Senate and said he would get a lighter sanction than Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin if he would stand up and apologize for his actions.
Carignan, the government Senate leader, acknowledged the offer, saying perhaps he had too strong of an urge to help Brazeau.
The offer came as the Senate majority served notice it will force a speedy vote by the middle of next week on all motions and amendments relating to the suspension of the three senators who have been embroiled in a year-long expense scandal.
James Cowan, the Liberal leader in the Senate, said the Carignan offer appears to highlight exactly that is wrong with the suspension process — a precedent-setting exercise without due process or proper evidence.