I’ve given this post the tags “oddities” and “humour”, among others. There is something funny in the fact that Canadian senator Patrick Brazeau, suspended as a result of various civil and criminal charges (some connected with his office, some not), is now managing an Ottawa strip club. Steve Rennie and Ben Makuch’s Canadian Press article does touch on the humour. At the same time, the sordid–well.
The suspended senator, who faces criminal charges in connection with the expense scandal that roiled the august upper chamber last year, is now working as a manager at an Ottawa strip joint.
Brazeau has been spotted inside the Barefax Gentlemen’s Club in recent days, but he declined Wednesday to speak to reporters camped outside the establishment who trailed him inside to the door of his office.
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Working at the Barefax is the latest in a string of odd jobs for Brazeau since he was suspended from the Senate last fall.
He took to Twitter to find work and tried his hand as a columnist for the Halifax version of Frank magazine, a separate entity from the Ottawa publication of the same name that first reported on Brazeau’s new job.
But the magazine canned him after one-and-a-half columns, prompting an apology from the editor for subjecting readers to Brazeau’s “narcissistic ramblings.”
Brazeau has been without a steady Senate paycheque since his suspension in November. Prior to that, his pay had been docked to recover more than $48,000 in inappropriate housing and travel expenses.