Senate Prepares to Enforce Leave on Patrick Brazeau

A recent report has confirmed that there is a significant chance that Sen. Patrick Brazeau might be enforced on a leave of absence from the Senate on Tuesday because he was recently charged with criminal charges. This move will allow him to keep his title and salary, but at the same time completely limit his ability to access Senate resources and participate in debates.

The debate on the motion for Brazeau’s leave of absence is likely to commence on Tuesday afternoon, as the government tables a motion requesting the Senate as a whole to be in agreement of enforcing a leave on Brazeau, which will immediately suspend him from his job. The two senators named in the motion are both government and opposition leaders in the Senate, which implies that both Conservatives and Liberals are eager to have the motion passed promptly. Having said that, it might not be so easy to do so, as a completely unanimous consent is obligatory for waiving Senate rules to allow the motion to be debated on Tuesday. In case even one of the senators disagree at the moment, the debate will evidently be delayed by a day minimum.

The 38-year-old Quebec senator was recently charged with assault and sexual assault, for which he had to place a $1,000 bail on Friday. Brazeau was arrested on Thursday and had to spend the night in a Gatineau jail. Since the charges against Brazeau are summary offences and not indictable ones, he is not automatically placed on leave.

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