Friday, June 29, 2012

Senator Patrick Brazeau picks fight with APTN reporter over story about sexual harassment allegations

Senator Patrick Brazeau, in the news this week for calling
a parliamentary reporter a bitch, launched another Twitter
attack on a journalist on Thursday, this time over a story
about allegations of sexual harassment.
-National Post 
Senator Patrick Brazeau, in the news this week for calling a parliamentary reporter a bitch, launched another Twitter attack on a journalist on Thursday, this time over a story about allegations of sexual harassment.The APTN National News story references a lawsuit in federal court between Mr. Brazeau and a former junior staffer at the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, who alleges the Conservative senator, at the time the Congress’ national chief, sexually harassed her when he was drunk.
Alisa Lombard, the complainant, alleges her boss tried to kiss her after a drunken Christmas party. Her cell phone later received 15 missed calls she feared were from Mr. Brazeau.According to the story, the Canadian Human Rights Commission decided not to hear Ms. Lombard’s complaint because the Congress isn’t within its jurisdiction. Ms. Lombard wants the Federal Court to overturn that decision.Angry about the story’s contents, Mr. Brazeau criticized reporter Jorge Barrera about it on Twitter.Mr. Brazeau, known best for his long hair and failed bid to beat Liberal MP Justin Trudeau in a boxing match, had to apologize earlier this week to Canadian Press reporter Jennifer Ditchburn, after he called her a bitch on Twitter.


Ms. Ditchburn wrote a story about how the senator, 37, had the worst attendance record in the upper chamber, having missed 25% of sittings. The senator blamed his absences on “personal reasons” but refused to elaborate.He later posted a message on Twitter directed to Ms. Ditchburn: “while u smile Jen, others suffer. Change the D to a B in your last name and we’re even! Don’t mean it but needs saying.” He ended up apologizing to Ms. Ditchburn directly and on Twitter, but the insult generated significant backlash. Many Canadians called the senator sexist and pushed to have him resign from is post.The allegations made by Ms. Lombard have not been proven in court.

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