OTTAWA – A quick sketch of Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau, who was removed from caucus Thursday amid reports of an incident of domestic violence at his home:
Age: 38, Canada’s youngest sitting senator.
From: Kitigan Zibi, an Algonquin community near Maniwaki, Que. Brazeau is the 15th aboriginal Canadian to be called to the Senate.
Background: Brazeau was elected national chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples — a group that represents Metis and other off-reserve aboriginals — in February 2006.
Controversy: He was re-elected by the congress to a four-year term one month before Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed him to the red chamber in December 2008. He resigned from CAP in January 2009 after news broke that a CAP employee had filed a sexual harassment complaint against him with Ontario’s human rights tribunal.
On Wednesday, reports surfaced alleging Brazeau used an address belonging to the father of his ex-wife to claim an income tax exemption.
Claim to Fame: Brazeau lost to Justin Trudeau in a highly publicized charity boxing match in March 2012.