Patrick Brazeau to return to Senate after 3-year legal saga

Senator Patrick Brazeau will return to his seat in the Red Chamber today after a lengthy legal battle over his living expense claims.

“After more than 3½ years, I finally officially return to the Senate Chamber today,” Brazeau announced on Twitter Tuesday morning.

Charges of fraud and breach of trust against Brazeau were withdrawn by the Crown in July, clearing the way for the Quebec senator to return to work.

The RCMP had alleged Brazeau fraudulently claimed his primary residence was in Maniwaki, Que., 135 kilometres north of Ottawa, in order to collect a housing allowance meant for senators who live outside the National Capital Region​.

Brazeau was on a leave of absence from the Senate with pay, but his access to Senate resources was restored after the charges were dropped.

A Senate spokesperson told CBC News that Brazeau, who was having his pay garnisheed, reimbursed a total of $56,946. The “offsetting” payments concluded this May.

Other charges

Senator Pamela Wallin’s expenses had been investigated by the RCMP, which decided not to lay charges. 

Senator Mike Duffy was charged with 31 offences relating to his expenses, but he was acquitted on all charges.

Charges against retired senator Mac Harb were later withdrawn by the Crown.

The senator pleaded guilty to assault and possession of cocaine last year and received an unconditional discharge. A charge of sexual assault was dropped because of insufficient evidence.

Brazeau is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 26 to answer a charge of refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test related to an incident that took place April 3.

Article source: