Senator Patrick Brazeau could stay in police custody overnight, CBC News has learned, after he was arrested following an alleged domestic assault and removed from the Conservative Party’s caucus.
Brazeau, who has weathered several controversies since his appointment in 2009, will continue to sit in the Senate as an Independent.
Police said Thursday charges have not yet been laid against a man arrested at Brazeau’s home in Gatineau, Que., across the river from Ottawa, and the investigation is ongoing.
CBC News learned Brazeau was arrested at 9:10 a.m. ET Thursday at his residence after a call to 911.
If police choose to press charges, Brazeau would appear in court at 9 a.m. ET Friday, Const. Pierre Lanthier said. In Quebec, the Crown is responsible for laying charges.
“But for sure we, like I said, will object to his release and we will speak with the Crown attorney to see whether we have enough evidence to lay any charge,” he said.
Lanthier did not use Brazeau’s name, but sources confirmed to CBC News earlier in the day that it was Brazeau who had been arrested.
Now all it needs is royal assent to become law.
It should be noted that this was not a simple or straight forward passing, there were several hours of debates and speeches, and they called witnesses before the Senate, which is more oversight than the House had. Many similar comments were brought up about the wage legislation as well as concern regarding the wording and whether or not it was constitutional. Amendments were tabled and unfortunately, struck down.
yeas/pour - 53 and nays/contre - 26.
(I am giving a very condensed version, I’ve been working all day and have been granted a few hours reprieve before starting again at 10pm [WOE] so I am going to go find a patio and a nicely made bloody caesar for the interim)If anyone here does not follow Kady O’Malley on Twitter - you absolutely must. She has been tirelessly covering most of this since the filibuster and has been a font of accessible details.