In the official documents submitted in court by an RCMP investigator, it is unambiguously stated that he found that Senator Patrick Brazeau “does not live” in Maniwaki, Que., and “inappropriately” listed his father’s home there as his primary residence in order to claim an annual $22,000 taxpayer-subsidized housing allowance. RCMP Corporal Greg Horton mentioned in an affidavit that “the investigation has shown that Brazeau does not live in Maniwaki, nor does he own a home there.” It was added that “Brazeau’s father resides in Maniwaki, but the Senator, since being appointed to the Senate, has not.”
The official RCMP affidavit was filed in Ottawa court on Thursday, which decisively confirms that the Mounties are actively looking into the allegations against the former Conservative senator suspected for breach of trust over living expense claims he submitted since 2011. The scandal first hit media outlets in last November, when it was exposed that Brazeau has been claiming his father’s home in Maniwaki as his primary residence to claim living expenses, even though he shares a home with his girlfriend in Gatineau, Que., just across the river from the nation’s capital. At the time, Brazeau alleged that “I rent a house in Gatineau, but my principal residence is in Maniwaki.”
However, the RCMP refutes the claim, as Horton writes that “I do not believe that Brazeau’s primary residence is in Maniwaki,” and “I believe that declaring that his father’s residence as a primary residence, while filing expense claims for a rental home where he actually resided, constitutes an offence of Breach of Trust.”
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