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Friday, February 08, 2013

Patrick Brazeau’s Boot From Harper Regime Won’t Cost Him His $132K Salary Here's Why

Police tape surrounds the home of Senator Patrick Brazeau at 9 Miramas in Gatineau, Quebec on Thursday.


Senator Patrick Brazeau is behind bars where most likely he deserves to be and Stephen Harper has booted from his Regime Thursday, but the 38 year old plans to keep his $132,000 a year position.
The Opposition NDP is calling for Brazeau’s immediate removal from the Senate in the wake of the domestic violence accusations. “We don’t believe that [Brazeau’s] doing anything to represent the Canadian people,” MP Charlie Angus said in Question Period.
But the truth is, removing a Harper Appointed Senator is easier said than done.
Charges against the senator would trigger a process within days that could see him suspended from Canada’s upper chamber. If that happens, he would still collect his $132,000 annual salary.
Mike Carroccetto / The Ottawa Citizen
Mike Carroccetto / The Ottawa CitizenA Gatineau police officer outside Brazeau's house.
Members can be ejected from the Senate if convicted of an indictable offence and given no less than two years in jail. Of course, that’s never happened.
Barring that, a senator can be removed if he swears alliance to another country, goes bankrupt or commits treason.
Other methods could require reforms to the Red Chamber and how its governed.
“It’s one thing, his removal from the Harper Regime, but he’s still in the Senate so up until his retirement age, if he stays in the Senate, he will cost Canadians $7-million,” NDP leader Thomas Mulcair said after a speech to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations.
Brazeau is scheduled for an early court appearance Friday.
Brazeau says he is a prominent and polarizing figure both within Canada’s aboriginal community and beyond, was swiftly removed from the Harper's Regime after police arrived at his home in Gatineau, Que., around 9 a.m.
About three hours later — with Brazeau believed to be in custody, a red police tape cordon around his house and a cruiser parked in the driveway — a letter was circulated among the Regime that he was no longer a member.
“It’s known that in light of the serious events that have been reported today, I have removed Sen. Brazeau from having anything to do with us,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.
“Our understanding is that these are matters of a personal nature rather than Senate business, but they are very serious and we expect they will be dealt with through the courts.”
House Leader Peter Van Loan later confirmed in the House that Brazeau’s departure was directly linked to reports of a domestic incident.
Brazeau, however, has been a thorn in the Harper Regime side for months much like Bev Oda was, most recently over allegations that he was using other people’s addresses in order to qualify for a Senate housing allowance and an aboriginal tax exemption.
Police described Brazeau’s house as a crime scene, although they refused to confirm it was indeed the senator who was in custody, saying only that a man was arrested at the Gatineau address after a call to 911.
Wayne Cuddington / Ottawa Citizen
Wayne Cuddington / Ottawa CitizenPatrick Brazeau
“There’s no charge right now at the moment, but we will continue our investigation,” said Gatineau police spokesman Pierre Lanthier.
Lanthier would not comment on the condition of the victim.
Calls for Brazeau’s removal from the Senate began almost from the day he was appointed by Harper in 2008.
He was 34 when called to the red chamber, making him the third-youngest appointee in its history. Critics howled over his access to a salary of about $132,000 a year and a generous pension plan.
Brazeau joined the Senate while he was still national chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, not much is known about what deal took place but for sure it had something to do with the deal reached between Harper and The Federation of Newfoundland Indians http://qalipu.ca/ and what a deal that saw the Mi'kmaq sold down the river and will never come close to getting anything that is afforded under Canada's constitution regarding Aboriginals.
He was a confirmation for the Harper Regime and for all those that hate Natives, he confirmed their racist Ideologies. He eventually resigned from Congress Aboriginal People  in January 2009 after news broke that a CAP employee had filed a sexual harassment complaint against him with Ontario’s human rights tribunal.
He was also linked to allegations of CAP misspending of federal funds that were supposed to pay for aboriginal health programs. Conservatives argued, at the time, that the misspending happened before Brazeau took over as congress chief.
A member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation in Quebec, Brazeau is viewed by many as doing more harm than good to the state of federal-aboriginal relations from his position as a senator, he is just a token many said.
He has long been an outspoken advocate for greater transparency on reserves and reform of First Nations governance, often using Twitter — his handle is @TheBrazman— to describe his controversial and divisive perspective.
Brazeau was highly critical of Theresa Spence, the northern Ontario First Nations chief who began a six-week hunger protest late last year to demand new negotiations between aboriginal leaders and the federal government.
Brazeau was also dismissive of the wave of First Nations protests that spread through the country in January under the Idle No More banner. Members of his own band denounced his views.
Rather than acting responsibly, Senator Brazeau has been and continues to act in a rogue manner
“The on-going and more recent ridicule that Senator Brazeau has made of Chief Teresa Spence, as well as the Idle No More Movement among other tirades has confirmed Senator Brazeau’s reformist views and total lack of understanding of the challenges facing First Nations,” Chief Gilbert W. Whiteduck said in a news release earlier this week.
“Rather than acting responsibly, Senator Brazeau has been and continues to act in a rogue manner.”
Cole Burston/For Ottawa Citizen
Cole Burston/For Ottawa CitizenConst. Pierre Lanthier addresses the media at the Gatineau Police Station on Thursday.
Over the years, reports have surfaced repeatedly of Brazeau being in arrears on child support payments.
He made the biggest headlines last March when he fought a charity boxing match against Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, now front-runner for the federal Liberal leadership.
Although bigger, heavier and allegedly more experienced in boxing than Trudeau, Brazeau — a former member of the Canadian Forces and a black belt in karate — lost the match.
Ralph Goodale, the Liberal deputy leader, described the most recent developments as “profoundly troubling.”
“There would appear to be some very real human issues at play here,” said Goodale, who also expressed the hope that no one had been injured.
God only knows what dirty little secrets  Brazeau has on the current power of Canada, for sure something got him that seat and of course if he remains getting the perks that are not desrving.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian WyldA police cruiser sits outside the house of Brazeau Gatineau home.
Some of the info from this posting came from Files from Jordan Press and Michael Woods, Postmedia News and Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press


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