Senator Patrick Brazeau plays ‘immature’ April Fools’ Day prank on Twitter

Andy Radia
Politics Reporter
Canada Politics

Believe it or not, Senator Patrick Brazeau may have sunk even lower in public opinion.

On Monday — which was of course April Fools' Day — the embattled senator took to Twitter with a series of peculiar tweets.

Several of Brazeau's followers questioned the sincerity of the tweets especially considering it is April Fools' Day.

But would Brazeau do something so distasteful? (he has been charged with physical and sexual assault)

Would he figuratively slap taxpayers in the face? (he is still milking taxpayers for a salary of $132,000/year while on 'forced leave' from the senate).

Would he be that classless?

At about 11 p.m. (EST) we got the answers to those questions.

[ Related: Patrick Brazeau forced to take leave of absence from Senate ]

Brazeau was charged with both assault and sexual assault for an incident at his home on February 7th. According to court records, an argument about aboriginal issues turned to a violent altercation in which Brazeau allegedly aggressively grabbed the female complainant's breast and pushed her hard enough to break the handrail of the staircase. The charges have not been proven in a court of law.

The controversial senator was last seen publicly on February 12, the day his senate colleagues passed a motion which forced him to take a leave of absence. Two weeks ago, Brazeau — again on Twitter — said that he will "fight these charges" and prove his innocence.

[ Related: Brazeau vows to return as assault case put off to June ]

In hindsight, maybe no one should have believed Brazeau's prank. After all, if he stepped down, he would presumably forgo his salary and his pension — to earn a pension a senator must serve for a minimum of six years and Brazeau was only appointed in 2009.

Instead, Brazeau chose to play petty games with the taxpaying public.

Many took to Twitter to voice their displeasure:

Harsh words from the Twittersphere.

But well deserved?

UPDATE: On Tuesday afternoon at 12:50 p.m., Brazeau apologized for his prank calling it "tasteless."

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