Thursday, January 08, 2009

Implosion, part III

Well, you knew that was coming today, didn't you?

So what does day three of the Brazeau revelations bring? Today, CBC adds to the Harper pick's troubles. They report that the investigation into one set of sexual harassment allegations against Brazeau turned up "inappropriate behaviour," undermining Brazeau's public statements such as the one that follows:
Brazeau said the allegations were investigated and dismissed by an independent mediation firm last year.

"The conclusions of the investigation was that there was no wrongdoing, there was no sexual harassment and therefore, the allegations were false, and that's now case closed," Brazeau told CBC News on Wednesday.

"My integrity is not at stake here."

But Will Menard, one of Brazeau's former board members from Manitoba, told CBC News that the board voted not to release the final investigators' report, but the executive summary said there was inappropriate behaviour.

"In my mind, he's not cleared at all," Menard said.

Menard added it is true Brazeau's behaviour didn't breach CAP's sexual harassment policy, but only because the policy is so weak. (emphasis added)
There's no reporting on whether the board acted in any respect upon this report indicating inappropriate behaviour on the part of its national chief. That would be something to follow-up. Also curious, why is Menard referred to as "one of Brazeau's former board members?" If Brazeau appoints the members of the board, that would be a useful bit of information as well.

We hear more from one of the women who has come forward:
She said sexual behaviour in the office was a "common occurrence daily" and alleged her boss played a role.

"It was Patrick absolutely, and it was other staff members as well," she said.
And what do the Conservatives think about Brazeau, even after the disclosure of these allegations? Chuck Strahl, represent:
"I'm sure he'll do great work," Strahl said. "He's a good man. He will do the right things as he goes forward, and he'll provide good leadership both on Quebec issues and aboriginal issues."
All of this and yet young Brazeau finds himself appointed to the Senate by Stephen Harper and applauded by Chuck Strahl as a "good man."

Despite the bravado, it's become quite clear that this was a flawed appointment. If the Conservatives do not rescind it, it's another badge of incompetence and a reminder to women that such issues are of little concern to Conservatives.