Senator Patrick Brazeau has received an absolute discharge after pleading guilty to charges of assault and possession of cocaine in September, meaning he will not serve any jail time and will not have a criminal record.
According to the Crown, Brazeau pleaded guilty to the reduced charges after a more serious charge of sexual assault was dropped due to a lack of evidence.
Brazeau’s lawyer and the Crown prosecutor had recommended the unconditional discharge and Judge Valmont Beaulieu agreed.
He still facing a criminal trial for fraud and breach of trust from his Senate expenses which is slated to take place in March 2016.
Speaking after the ruling in Quebec, he former Conservative senator said that he hopes to be able resume his senate career.
He was kicked out of the Tory caucus after he was charged and was suspended from the upper chamber in November 2013, however the suspension without pay was lifted when Parliament was dissolved for the federal election in August.