Sen. Patrick Brazeau speaks to reporters as he arrives at the Senate on Parliament Hill on Sept. 27, 2016 in Ottawa. (Photo:Justin Tang)
Hopes Harper has 'great retirement'"I hope he has a great retirement," he said of Harper, who resigned his House of Commons seat last month. Brazeau was one of a handful of prominent senators who were caught up in the Senate spending scandal, and long maintained his innocence even as his fellow senators voted in support of a suspension that lasted until last year. In April, Mike Duffy was acquitted on 31 criminal charges stemming from his Senate spending,; the RCMP closed their investigation on Pamela Wallin shortly afterwards without laying a single charge. Weeks later, Brazeau's charges were withdrawn. Brazeau said he is still considering whether to take legal action in order to recoup the salary he lost during his suspension without pay.
Made attempt on his life in JanuaryDuring the length of the investigation and subsequent court case, Brazeau came to face separate assault, drug and impaired-driving charges, none of which resulted in a conviction. Brazeau has said he had health issues, including a scare with cancer. And in one of his darkest moments, he made an attempt on his own life in January. It was at that time nine months ago that Brazeau said he thought he would never return to the Senate. He said he is working on his personal issues and plans to be patient with himself.
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