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Patrick Brazeau
Senator Patrick Brazeau is escorted out the Parliament buildings after he was suspended by from duties by the Senate in Ottawa in February 2013 . Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press

Canadians are closely following expense scandals and bad behaviour in the Senate because it confirms their worst fears about government abusing their trust and wasting their money.

The public is demanding accountability and that the bad actors be given the boot.

A member of the current cast is independent Senator Patrick Brazeau, currently dealing with allegations related to sexual assault and a continuing RCMP investigation into housing claims and Senate living expenses.

A story filed by Global News reporter Laura Stone last night sheds new light on reports that Brazeau may have been dealing with health problems or battling substance abuse.

Credible Senate sources told Global News that over the past year and a half they could see that Brazeau was troubled.

They said several senators had urged Brazeau to seek help for “substance” issues. One senator said he even offered to book Brazeau into a private treatment facility.

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We approached these senators, who asked us not to use their names, because they didn’t want it to seem like they were attacking Brazeau and because of the sensitive, personal nature of the information regarding his health.

Our sources provided real, verifiable information, not just speculation or opinion. They also had direct contact with Brazeau, so their information was first-hand.

For the record, Global News always prefers to name sources because it speaks to their credibility and the importance of their information.

This new information is very much in the public interest, in that it offers possible explanations and context for Brazeau’s troubled behaviour.