Controversial senator Patrick Brazeau kicked out of Conservative caucus

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - A staff member for Patrick Brazeau says the controversial and outspoken senator has been removed from the Conservative caucus.

Lorraine Rochon says that the Senate caucus was notified of the decision today by the office of Sen. Marjory LeBreton.

She says the move is effective immediately.

Brazeau will continue to sit in the Senate as an independent.

He is among the senators who have come under scrutiny recently for claiming to live outside of Ottawa and collecting a generous housing allowance.