Suspended senator Patrick Brazeau charged with assault, cocaine possession, uttering death threats after early morning arrest




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Patrick Brazeau's belongings, including what looks like a bag of marijuana, were thrown outside the home of an alleged assault.

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Suspended senator Patrick Brazeau has been charged with two counts of assault, uttering death threats, cocaine possession and breach of bail conditions after his arrest in Gatineau early Thursday morning after a domestic disturbance call.

Pictures on social media showed many of his belongings thrown in the rubbish outside a home in the latest humiliation of a man who once was considered a rising political star.

Brazeau, dressed in a green shirt, black jacket and pants, was escorted to the Gatineau Court House in handcuffs Thursday morning.

While police initially said Brazeau, 39, was arrested, they later said they would not identify the man until he was formally charged.

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Patrick Brazeau is escorted into the Gatineau Court House in Gatineau, Quebec on Thursday, April 10, 2014.


Gatineau police spokesman Pierre Lanthier told The Canadian Press that a 39-year-old man was arrested after a 911 phone call about a domestic incident just before 4 a.m.

“It was an altercation between a man and a woman,” he said.

In an earlier media release, Gatineau police said they were called to a residence on Labrosse Boulevard for a domestic disturbance. When police arrived they found a man and woman in a physical altercation on the porch of the home and they arrested the man for an assault on the woman.

Police also said a male friend of the woman inside of the home was threatened by the arrested man. Police said they found a small amount of a “white powder” that could be cocaine on the accused.

The man inside the home is also facing an assault charge, allegedly for an attack on the other arrested man, the CBC is reporting.

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A number of reporters took photos outside of the home where the alleged assault took place, where it appeared Brazeau’s belongings had been thrown out.

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Pieces of Patrick Brazeau's life strewn on the snow outside a home in Gatineau he once shared with a girl

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Scene outside suspended Sen. Patrick Brazeau's Gatineau home. Photo via @Mul77

In February, the RCMP charged Brazeau with one count each of breach of trust and fraud over their spending of taxpayers’ dollars.

A former national chief with the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Brazeau was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in January 2009, along with fellow now-suspended senators, Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin. Brazeau was the youngest senator ever to have been appointed to the Red Chamber.


Brazeau was arrested, charged with assault and sexual assault, and subsequently kicked out of the Conservative caucus last February in relation to a domestic assault at his home. Court documents say the alleged victim claimed Brazeau pushed her violently, grabbed her breasts aggressively and ripped her clothing.

Brazeau has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Court documents released in August last year said the RCMP alleged that Brazeau claimed a $22,000 per year housing allowance from the Senate after declaring a home he didn’t own as his primary residence.

He was suspended without pay alongside with Wallin and Duffy in November.

Recently, Brazeau had found employment as a manager at well-known Ottawa strip club, Barefax.

With files from Postmedia News and The Canadian Press

HL:Anatomy of a scandal: key developments in the Patrick Brazeau saga

OTTAWA — Suspended senator Patrick Brazeau is in more legal difficulties after police charged him with assault, uttering threats, cocaine possession and breach of bail conditions. The charges followed what police in Gatineau, Que., say was a domestic violence incident in the early hours of Thursday morning. Here is a timeline of Brazeau’s troubled time in politics:

Dec. 22, 2008: Prime Minister Stephen Harper appoints Brazeau to the Senate.

March 31, 2012: Brazeau loses a ballyhooed charity boxing match against Justin Trudeau after the referee called the fight in the middle of the third round.

Nov. 21, 2012: A Senate committee is asked to examine housing allowances Brazeau claimed for a home in Maniwaki, Que., despite appearing to live full-time in another residence within a 100-kilometre radius of Ottawa.

Feb. 7, 2013: Brazeau is arrested after a 911 call from his residence.

Feb. 8, 2013: After a night in jail, Brazeau is charged with assault and sexual assault and released on bail. Meanwhile, the Senate hires external auditing firm to review Brazeau’s expense claims, as well as those of senators Mike Duffy and Mac Harb.

Feb. 28, 2013: Senate audit fails to turn up any questionable housing allowance claims beyond those of Brazeau, Harb and Duffy.

May 9, 2013: The Senate releases a report into housing claims, along with a Deloitte audit. Deloitte says the three senators live in Ottawa area, but that the rules and guidelines are unclear, making it difficult to say categorically that anyone broke the rules. Harb and Brazeau are ordered to repay $51,000 and $48,000, respectively. Harb says he will fight the ruling. Duffy earlier repaid disputed amounts with money he got from Harper’s then chief of staff Nigel Wright.

May 12, 2013: RCMP says it will examine Senate expense claims.

May 14, 2013: Brazeau says he also broke no rules and is exploring all options to overturn an order to pay the money back.

May 16, 2013: Duffy resigns from Conservative caucus.

May 17, 2013: Sen. Pamela Wallin also announces she’s leaving the Conservative caucus. Her travel expenses, which totalled more than $321,000 since September 2010, have been the subject of an external audit since December.

June 13, 2013: Brazeau and Harb are given 30 days to reimburse taxpayers for their disallowed living expenses — bills that together total more than $280,000.

Aug. 26, 2013: Harb, who had earlier left the Liberals to sit as an independent, resigns from the upper chamber. He also drops a lawsuit and pledges to repay his questioned expense claims.

Oct. 17, 2013: Claude Carignan, the government leader in the Senate, introduces motions to suspend Brazeau, Duffy and Wallin. The motions call for the three to be stripped of their pay, benefits and Senate resources.

Oct. 25, 2013: Brazeau says Carignan offered him “a backroom deal”: apologize publicly for his actions in exchange for a lighter punishment. Carignan acknowledges the conversation but described the offer as one made out of “friendship.”

Oct. 30, 2013: Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella rules that an attempt to cut off debate on motions to suspend the trio is out of order. This delays again the effort to suspend them.

Nov. 4, 2013: Brazeau addresses the Senate chamber for what he acknowledges could be the last time, making an emotional appeal for senators to reconsider his case. At one point, he addresses his children: “It is very important that you understand that I am not guilty of what some of these people are accusing me of. … I am not a thief, a scammer, a drunken Indian, a drug addict, a failed experiment or a human tragedy.”

Nov. 5, 2013: Senators vote to suspend Brazeau, Duffy and Wallin without pay — but with health, dental and life insurance benefits intact — for the remainder of the parliamentary session, which could last two years.

Feb. 4, 2014: The RCMP lay charges of fraud and breach of trust against Harb and Brazeau.

February, 2014: Brazeau takes a job as day manager at an Ottawa strip club.

April 10, 2014: Gatineau police arrest Brazeau after a 4 a.m. domestic violence call. He is charged with assault, possession of drugs, breach of bail conditions and uttering threats.




Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre

It appears that Government failed to give Brazeau a presumption of innocence

in the sort of case in which charges result from a "she said" and when a "he said" means very little in Canadian Law

due to the fact that Canada applies Male Sharia Law.


The photo's show that someone at that house wanted to be extremely damaging and nasty to Brazeau.

These sorts of actions are commonly associated with false allegations of domestic violence which are a

problem that faces most jurisdictions across Canada.