Gov. Senate leader flexible on suspensions of Wallin, Brazeau
Debate is set to resume Monday on a motion to suspend three senators without pay.
The government leader in the Senate has suggested he's open to amending the sanctions against former Conservatives Patrick Brazeau and Pamela Wallin.
Claude Carignan is expected to consult with the Tory caucus in a closed-door meeting Morning about whether to amend the suspension proposals.
The olive branch hasn't been extended to Mike Duffy.
Some Conservative senators have complained that the suspensions ignores due process and the rule of law.
Harper spokesman Jason MacDonald denies that Carignan is acting on behalf of the prime minister.
He says the PMO doesn't direct the activities of the Senate.
Senate Conservatives are aiming to close off debate on the suspension measures and bring the matter to a vote by mid-week.
(with files from the Canadian Press)