Media Statement Delivered by Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud, Commanding Officer of RCMP National Division - Ottawa, February 4, 2014
The National Division of the RCMP was created in 2013. Part of its mandate is to focus on sensitive investigations into significant threats to Canada’s political, economic and social integrity. A team of dedicated resources are assigned to these cases and bring expertise in various investigative fields. I am proud to be leading such a professional group of men and women.
In March 2013, the RCMP’s National Division began its investigations into Senator Patrick Brazeau and former Senator Mac Harb’s housing and living expenses.
Today, I would like to share the results of these investigations with Canadians. The RCMP has proceeded to charge Mr. Brazeau and Mr. Harb with one count each of Breach of Trust and Fraud under sections 122 and 380 of the Criminal Code.
Both Mr. Brazeau and Mr. Harb will be appearing in court at a later date.
Canadians expect the RCMP to be exhaustive and unbiased in our investigations. From the Information to Obtain Production Orders, made public by the courts, you can see the detailed work that has gone into these files. In filing these ITOs, the RCMP followed case law and determined that there were insufficient grounds to satisfy the conditions required to seal them.
In some of these ITOs, the RCMP referenced that Mr. Harb had potentially committed mortgage fraud. Upon completion of our investigation, we concluded that the evidence gathered did not support these allegations.
These investigations were detailed and involved the careful consideration and examination of evidence. Our investigators interviewed dozens of individuals and witnesses.
As is typical with any investigation, we also reviewed and analysed thousands of documents, including financial statements, bank records and expense claims which dated back to 2003.
All cases are unique and the time it takes to complete them is based on many factors. National Division has undertaken these files with diligence and professionalism.
I can assure you that we continue our work on other significant files. RCMP investigators continue to explore multiple leads to ascertain all the facts and collect evidence in support of these facts. We will update Canadians when our work is completed.
I thank you.