Senator Brazeau Placed on Forced Leave of Absence By Senate

Senator Patrick Brazeau has been forcefully placed on an immediate paid leave of absence from the Upper Chamber. A motion was passed in the Senate on Tuesday for temporarily relieving 38-years-old Brazeau, who is currently on a bail while he faces charges of assault and sexual assault charges, from his duties.

The motion, tabled by Government Senate Leader Marjory LeBreton, mentioned that “in order to protect the dignity and reputation of the Senate and public trust and confidence in Parliament, the Senate ordered a leave of absence for Honourable Senator Brazeau to last until the order is rescinded.” Even though Brazeau is still entitled to his $132,000 annual salary, his access to Senate resources like travel and telecommunications expenses has been limited. The detailed decision on the access allowed to Brazeau will be made by the Senate’s internal economy committee. The senators voted with an almost clean sweep of 103-1 for removing Brazeau from his duties, while he was the only one opposition the motion. Brazeau made a surprise appearance in the Red Chamber on Tuesday, informing the media that he is “happy just to be back at work.”

It is anticipated that Brazeau will be allowed to return to his duties in case he is found innocent of the charges, but if he’s convicted, he might even be forcefully removed from the Senate. While in case Brazeau chooses to resign, he will be allowed to keep his pension. Liberal Sen. James Cowan mentioned that “depending on what the outcome of the proceedings are, then the Senate will make another order.”

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