Conservative senator arrested for assault, crack possession


mentalfloss
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Patrick Brazeau arrested for assault, cocaine, threats

A day before a trial date was to be set for his 2013 assault case, Patrick Brazeau was arrested Wednesday night for an alleged incident of domestic violence.

The suspended Conservative senator is expected to faces new charges of assault, cocaine possession, uttering threats and breach of conditions after an alleged fight with a former girlfriend.


Police in Gatineau, Que., said they got a call for domestic disturbance at 3:53 a.m. Thursday. At the scene, officers saw that a woman and a 39-year-old man had been fighting on the house balcony.

The 39-year-old man was arrested for assault “in the context of conjugal violence,” Gatineau police said in a statement.

The man was taken into custody at the local police station. His name wasn’t immediately released, pending his court appearance this morning. However, several media outlets have identified him as Mr. Brazeau and the suspect’s description matches the senator.

The 39-year-old suspect was already under court undertakings to keep the peace so he will also be charged with breach of conditions, Gatineau police said.

He is also to be charged with possession of drugs because, police said, a small amount of cocaine was found on him.

Another person, a 50-year-old man who is a friend of the woman, was the victim of threats from the 39-year-old man, police said.

The 50-year-old man will face assault charges following a complaint from the 39-year-old.

Mr. Brazeau was charged last year with assault and sexual assault after a dispute with a woman where he is alleged by police to have ripped her clothes and grabbed her breasts in an aggressive way.

A trial date in that 2013 case is to be set in Quebec Court on Friday.

He was released on $1,000 bail and ordered not to enter into contact with the alleged victim.

Mr. Brazeau was named to the Senate in late 2008, then the youngest face among the Prime Minister’s 18 appointees. The former National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples was appointed to represent Quebec.

But questions have since surfaced about the expense claims of Mr. Brazeau and others in the Senate. In February, Mr. Brazeau was charged by the RCMP with fraud and breach of trust in a case relating to his Senate expense claims. He’s accused in that case of claiming expenses on a primary residence in Maniwaki, Quebec, despite spending the majority of his time in the National Capital Region around Ottawa.

Mr. Brazeau had been ordered to repay nearly $50,000, the lowest sum among the senators involved in the expense scandal, but he declined and saw his wages garnisheed until his suspension in early November – he, Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin were suspended, all of them senators appointed as Conservatives. A fourth involved in the Senate expense scandal, Liberal senator Mac Harb, has since retired from the Senate. Mr. Harb was also charged by RCMP in February.

Mr. Brazeau will be eligible to resume sitting in the Senate after the next election, until age 75, unless suspended again, though the Conservative government that appointed him has asked the Supreme Court to rule on what powers it has for Senate reform, including term limits.

In the meantime, Mr. Brazeau began managing an Ottawa strip club in February, one that’s steps from Parliament Hill.

Patrick Brazeau arrested for assault, cocaine, threats - The Globe and Mail
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Is he still conservative? I thought he was given the boot quite some time ago.
 
Colpy
Conservative
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

Is he still conservative? I thought he was given the boot quite some time ago.

He was.......but you know, the Liberal Senators in the Liberal Senators' caucus are no longer Liberal Senators because Justin said so.....but Brazeau is still a Conservative Senator despite being booted by the Senate.

Sigh....it is always thus.......
 
petros
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The shiny bison.
 
Locutus
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exciting stuff
 
grumpydigger
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he can use the Rob Ford defense.

I was drunk and on drugs, committing a criminal offense

Get over it, I'm an important man.....
 
Count_Lothian
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

exciting stuff

Quote: Originally Posted by grumpydiggerView Post

he can use the Rob Ford defense.

I was drunk and on drugs, committing a criminal offense

Get over it, I'm an important man.....

All he needs to really do is apologize 43 times.
Why are not these senators cluing into this.
sheeeesh!!!! Rob Ford goes to all that trouble setting the bar at it's lowest and showing how to continue a political life, and these people ignore it!!!
 
Spade
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by grumpydiggerView Post

he can use the Rob Ford defense.

I was drunk and on drugs, committing a criminal offense

Get over it, I'm an important man.....

Are you suggesting we are not all equal in the application of the law? That there is a double standard? That friends are friends, and that the down-and-outers are easy pickings?
Say it ain't so, Joe!
 
Trex
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As we all now know Patrick Brazeau has thoroughly and publicly melted down.
Prior to his self-destruction he was a well-respected National Chief.
He is also fluently bilingual and a college grad.
He was very well known for his political work for the First nations people at the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.
He claimed to be a member of the Federal PC party but it was fairly well understood that Brazeau’s loyalties always remained with the First Nations peoples.

Prime Minister Harper then appointed him as a Senator.

Harper knew that Brazeau was first, foremost and always First Nations.
In other words Harper took a chance on an Indian.
And the Indian crashed and burned.
If we listen to the mob of howling haters on this forum the logic is inescapable.
Never take a chance on an Indian.
We all know about Native self esteem issues.
Drug and alcohol problems as well as the huge imbalance in First Nations conviction rates.

Pretty easy to kick a man when he is down on his luck.
And First Nations peoples spend a fair amount of their time in rough circumstances.
Pretty easy targets really.

Harper gave the man a break.
A shot.

Now lets take a look at the rich Liberal elitist class.
Prime Minister in waiting Justin Trudeau publicly beat the living $hit out of Patrick Brazeau.
He did it because he could and then he laughed about it.
He publicly humiliated a First nation Chief who obviously had huge self-esteem issues.
Much as many First nations peoples do.
Last edited by Trex; Apr 10th, 2014 at 02:05 PM..Reason: sp
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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LOL Yeah he was still on the inside. Soon there will be a Cobalt Kid Thread.
 
damngrumpy
No Party Affiliation
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Isn't it funny how during the Liberal scandal everyone was saying the Liberals were all evil
Now that its a Conservative Senator or former one everyone is says yes but the Liberals are
are also guilty. The fact is we should not distinguish, they both do have political appointments
that have been a disappointment My thought is when we are talking about Conservatives in
the spotlight we should focus on the persons in the spotlight not drag the Liberals into it and
when its Liberals the same rule should apply. Honesty or the lack of it doesn't come with a
label dishonest should be sufficient. I am not saying either or here when the NDP or Greens
have problems we should focus on them without adding the rest It should be one dishonest
act at a time saying the other guy does it is not an excuse..
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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At the very core of it.

The senate serves no purpose but to shore up the support of whatever government holds the reigns.

It should be done away with.
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by ColpyView Post

He was.......but you know, the Liberal Senators in the Liberal Senators' caucus are no longer Liberal Senators because Justin said so.....but Brazeau is still a Conservative Senator despite being booted by the Senate.

Sigh....it is always thus.......


FORMER Conservative Senator who had been appointed by Harper as one of his shining lights. Is that better Colpy?
 
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