MHA accused of being in contempt of the House

James McLeod
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Liberal House Leader Andrew Parsons started off Tuesday by accusing PC MHA David Brazil of being in contempt of the House.

Brazil was forced to apologize Thursday after a year-long saga involving the Bell Island hockey team, adult basic education, and paying for school supplies with cases of beer.

But shortly after Brazil issued his apology in the House for failing to disclose the connection, he spoke to reporters and said he felt that he'd done nothing wrong.

Parsons argued that by going back on his apology, Brazil should be held in contempt of the House.

Speaker Ross Wiseman called a recess to study the matter.

After a lengthy recess, Wiseman said that he needed more time to consider the issue. He said it was a very serious issue and that he needed to review transcripts of all the comments.

Immediately afterwards, Brazil stood and apologized -- again -- "unreservedly."

Wiseman said he'd take that into consideration, but it doesn't put the issue to rest.

Last fall, The Telegram first reported on questionable spending of government funds for an adult basic education program on Bell Island.

Money from the Department of Advanced Education and Skills was going to the Bell Island hockey team — which Brazil was involved in running — and from there was being used for the education program.

Emails provided to The Telegram showed Brazil agreeing to pay a person with a dozen beer to install basic software on school computers.

Then-minister Joan Shea investigated the situation and referred the matter to the police, but after several months of looking at it, the RNC determined nothing criminal went on.

The commissioner for legislative standards investigated and found that Brazil broke the MHAs’ code of conduct by failing to disclose his involvement with the Bell Island hockey team in his conflict of interest public disclosure form.


Organizations: The Telegram, Department of Advanced Education and Skills

Geographic location: Brazil, Bell Island

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Recent comments

    November 13, 2013 - 08:36

    Childish Opps I had better try that again lol You had your chance. We should see another by election

  • Corporate Psycho
    November 12, 2013 - 17:07

    He showed contempt for the people as well.

  • Greg
    November 12, 2013 - 17:07

    If all MHA's in Newfoundland and Labrador had the same passion, pride and dedication to their district as Mr. Brazil, Newfoundland and Labrador would be a much better place. It makes me laugh when I read such a story. Mr. Brazil has apologized to his peers, to his party and to the people of his district, let's move on. If you are a PC, Liberal, or NDP supporter, you have to acknowledge Mr. Brazil's dedication to the Conception Bay East - Bell Island district. It's unfortunate Premier Dunderdale did not acknowledge Mr. Brazil's contribution when she made a shuffle in her cabinet. Dave, keep up the great work for district - I look forward to you serving the people of Conception Bay East - Bell Island for a long time to come.

  • Dolf
    November 12, 2013 - 15:39

    Anybody out there thinking arrogance went out with Joe Smallwood needs his/her head examined. Brazil like so many Tory MHA's is bad news.

  • Beer Baron
    November 12, 2013 - 15:04

    Only in NL LOL! Where did he get the beer from? Tory times are tough indeed. It's nice to see he keeps the old joke alive. Make no wonder we can't get a real ferry service on the island.

  • Craig
    November 12, 2013 - 14:30

    Most cabinet ministers under the Williams and now Dunderdale governments have displayed the same attitude towards taxpayers and their house of assembly. They know best, they do nothing wrong and if we don't believe them, just ask for the facts through the freedom of information act. In cases where they were wrong, it will be "blacked out" so it must be true that they do know best!

  • W Bagg
    November 12, 2013 - 13:44

    I guess Brazil issued a T4 slip to the software installer with 1 dozen beer noted as taxable income on it.