In, 2004, Stephen Harper described Canada’s Senate as a “dumping ground for the favoured cronies of the Prime Minister.” He also said: “I will not name appointed people to the Senate. Anyone who sits in the Parliament of Canada must be elected by the people they represent.” Today, none of the 105 individuals who sit in the Red Chamber are elected. And, instead of reforming the Senate, Harper has stacked it with failed candidates, praise-singers, party funders and other loyalists. Toronto Star columnist Bob Hepburn believes has a one-sentence dream that can trigger the beginning of the end of Canada’s scandal-ridden “useless, expensive, undemocratic appendage of government”.
If Brazeau stays on as an independent Senator, he’ll cost Canadian taxpayers at lease $7-million by the time he retires approximately 37 years from today.
Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau’s charges of assault and sexual assault offer Prime Minister Stephen Harper the opportunity to do the right thing concerning his much-touted plan to reform the Senate. It’s not enough for Harper to eject Brazeau from the Conservative caucus. If we care enough about Canadian democracy and the integrity of its institutions, then Senator Patrick Brazeau must go! He must be recalled from the unelected red chamber.
Brazeau, an Algonquin from the Kitigan Zibi First Nation in Quebec, was arrested at his Gatineau home yesterday for what police then called a “domestic violence dispute”. He appeared in court this morning and was charged with assault and sexual assault.
No comment yet from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who appointed Brazeau to the Senate in 2008.
On Wednesday, I blogged about the Conservative Senator, who called Canadian Press reporter Jennifer Ditchburn a “bitch” on Twitter. Senator Brazeau was mad that the reporter had highlighted his poor performance record in Canada’s appointed upper house of Parliament.
Now Brazeau’s Twitter account, @TheBrazman, has disappeared from the Twitterverse.
But that was before two other Twitter fight with… a journalist. On Thursday, the Senator quarreled with APTN News reporter, Jorge Barrera, after he’d filed a story highlighting allegations of bullying and sexual harassment against Brazeau during his time as national chief of Congress of Aboriginal People (CAP).