Patrick Brazeau to be booted from home
MONTREAL — Disgraced senator Patrick Brazeau has until Friday to leave his Gatineau, Que., home and hand the keys over to his bank.
A judge in Gatineau authorized the seizure of Brazeau's home July 29. Brazeau has owned the property with ex-girlfriend Sunshine Tenasco since 2005.
The couple had already received a notice from the Bank of Nova Scotia demanding they leave the home last January, but according to court documents they wouldn't "voluntarily quit the residence."
The bank is trying to recoup $189,778.18, which is the amount left on Brazeau's mortgage, as well as an additional $11,237.54 from another loan. According to the city of Gatineau, the home is valued at $240,300.
The bank isn't the only one looking to recoup funds.
One of the biggest losers could be Revenue Quebec, which filed a legal mortgage of $ 180,896 on the same house last May. This covers Brazeau's unpaid taxes from 2004 to 2008 and again in 2011 and 2012.
"In this case, Revenue Quebec is not the first creditor," spokesman Géneviève Laurier said. "If the first creditor exercises its right, the mortgage Revenue Quebec has will have no legal value. "
The tax authorities could always ask the bank to abandon its application, but it would have to repay it fully.
Brazeau was charged by the RCMP last February with breach of trust and fraud, and was subsequently suspended from the Senate.
The RCMP also has accused Brazeau of claiming he lived at his father's house on a First Nations reserve in order to receive a tax break.
Last April, Brazeau was charged with battery, possession of drugs, uttering death threats and breaking parole conditions.
Brazeau recently finished rehab treatment at a facility for addicts of drugs and alcohol. He is currently living with his father in Maniwaki, Que., as he awaits his trial.
Brazeau and his attorneys did not return QMI Agency's calls.