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Frank Magazine cuts ties with suspended senator Patrick Brazeau

Sen. Patrick Brazeau talks to media on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Feb.12, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

TORONTO – Halifax-based Frank Magazine has cut ties with Patrick Brazeau after the suspended senator published 1.5 columns for the satirical periodical.

In an apology column titled “Please forgive me,” the magazine’s editor Andrew Douglas said Brazeau would “inexplicably drop off the map for a day or two, not answering emails or telephone calls.”

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“Operation Give a Dog a Bone has been terminated,” wrote Douglas.

 APTN National News said the controversial senator declined to answer questions about the issue, simply saying “no comment.”

In November, Brazeau took to Twitter and asked a number of media outlets whether anyone was interested in hiring him.

Frank Magazine—not to be confused with another publication in Ottawa with the same name —caused a stir in December by announcing Brazeau was hired as its newest contributor.

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Back then, the satire and gossip magazine said the senator would be a “pain in the arse” to his former Senate colleagues, who voted to suspend Brazeau and fellow former senators Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin over their questionable expense claims.

“He approached us,” said Douglas. “I thought he was joking, but we talked and it sounded like a great idea to me … I think it will be fun.”

The suspension from the upper chamber – which lets Brazeau keep his health, dental and life insurance benefits – is to last for the rest of the parliamentary session, which could continue for the next two years.

– with files from Amy Minsky, Global News 

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