Thursday, January 8, 2009

New senator faces allegations over conduct as chief of aboriginal group

An aboriginal leader who was recently appointed to the Senate is facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour toward staff in his organization.

A sexual harassment complaint against Patrick Brazeau, national chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, is now before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

Brazeau is also named in an internal grievance filed last year by a different woman who worked at the CAP office in Ottawa.

The allegations became public after Brazeau was appointed to the Senate in December.

In an interview with CBC News, Jade Harper recalled how excited she was when she started working as an events co-ordinator at CAP in 2007.

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