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Anatomy of a scandal: key developments in the Patrick Brazeau saga

OTTAWA - Suspended senator Patrick Brazeau is in more legal difficulties after police charged him with assault, uttering threats, cocaine possession and breach of bail conditions. The charges followed what police in Gatineau, Que., say was a domestic violence incident in the early hours of Thursday morning. Here is a timeline of Brazeau's troubled time in politics: Dec. 22, 2008: Prime Minister Stephen Harper appoints Brazeau to the Senate.

Canadian senator Brazeau arrested again: CBC

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Suspended Canadian Senator Patrick Brazeau had another brush with the law on Thursday, being arrested and facing charges including assault, breaching release conditions and uttering threats, CBC television reported. The CBC report quoted police in Gatineau, Quebec. Media crowded the courthouse in Gatineau where Brazeau was expected to be charged later on Thursday. Brazeau's lawyer and Gatineau police did not immediately return phone calls.

Brazeau fraud case put over to April 28 as lawyers pore over evidence

OTTAWA - The fraud case against Patrick Brazeau will likely be a complicated one, centred on where he lived, says a lawyer representing the suspended senator. Christian Deslauriers appeared in court Monday on behalf of Brazeau, as the case was put over until April 28. "I expect this case to be quite voluminous and complex," Deslauriers said outside the Ottawa courthouse. Crown prosecutors disclosed a file of information to Deslauriers, but he said he expected more to follow.

Brazeau fraud case put over to April 28 as lawyers pore over evidence

OTTAWA - The fraud case against Patrick Brazeau will likely be a complicated one, centred on where he lived, says a lawyer representing the suspended senator. Christian Deslauriers appeared in court Monday on behalf of Brazeau, as the case was put over until April 28. "I expect this case to be quite voluminous and complex," Deslauriers said outside the Ottawa courthouse. Crown prosecutors disclosed a file of information to Deslauriers, but he said he expected more to follow.

Government poll suggests Cdns believe Senate-expense scandal tip of iceberg

OTTAWA - Public-opinion polling ordered by the Harper government suggests the Senate expense scandal has tarred all politicians with the same brush. A newly released report finds Canadians fed up with "rich politicians" and their "lush lifestyles," and wondering how deep the flagrant spending abuse runs. Those views dominate the polling and survey groups conducted by private pollster Leger last August for the Privy Council Office, the prime minister's own department.

Mounties charge Harb and Brazeau in Senate expenses investigation

OTTAWA - Mac Harb and Patrick Brazeau have been charged with fraud and breach of trust — the first criminal charges to emanate from the Senate expenses scandal but likely not the last. Harb, a former Liberal senator who resigned from the upper house last summer, and Brazeau, a former Conservative senator who was suspended from the Senate last fall, face one count each of fraud and breach of trust in relation to their travel and living expense claims, the RCMP said Tuesday.

Canada senator, ex-senator charged with fraud on expenses

By Randall Palmer OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian police laid fraud charges against a senator and a former senator on Tuesday following an expenses scandal that has rocked the country's unelected Senate and tainted the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Suspended senator Patrick Brazeau lands new gig as Parliament Hill reporter

OTTAWA - Patrick Brazeau once so loathed the media that he angrily lashed out on Twitter against a journalist who reported on his poor Senate attendance record. But it seems losing a steady paycheque after getting booted from the upper chamber has done wonders for the disgraced senator's opinion of the fourth estate. Despite having no prior journalism experience, Brazeau — who is also facing charges of assault and sexual assault stemming from an incident in February — has found work as a freelance reporter for the Halifax edition of Frank Magazine.

Brazeau's payments to the Senate put on hold until suspension is over

OTTAWA - Sen. Patrick Brazeau will not have to reimburse the Senate during his two-year suspension from the institution. Brazeau owed the Senate $48,745 for filing inappropriate travel and housing claims. He claimed he lived in Maniwaki, Que., about 140 kilometres north of Ottawa, and not in Gatineau. Senators who live more than 100 kilometres outside the nation's capital are allowed to claim housing costs for a second residence in Ottawa.

Suspended senators will accrue pension eligibility while banished, Senate says

OTTAWA - Turns out the three senators at the heart of the Senate expenses scandal haven't been booted entirely off the public payroll after all. Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau have been suspended without pay for up to two years, but their time in political purgatory will still count towards the six years of service needed to become eligible to collect a pension. That's what the law requires, the Senate said Thursday.
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