The wife of a Manitoba senator is charged with disrupting a flight to Saskatoon. Maygan Sensenberger, 23, and her Liberal Senator husband Rod Zimmer, 69, were allegedly arguing aboard the flight, which landed at Saskatoon’s airport the night of Aug. 23, 2012. The couple are seen here in an engagement photo prior to their August 2011 marriage. (Facebook)
OTTAWA - Manitoba Sen. Rod Zimmer's cousin is frustrated by what he calls a "rush to judgment" by the public and media over an alleged outburst on a flight that ended in the arrest of Zimmer's young bride.
Montreal journalist Alan Hustak told QMI Agency it's still not clear what happened on board the Saskatoon-bound flight Thursday, but that Zimmer, 69, is a "damn good senator" who's being pilloried over something his wife "may have done - or not done."
The Liberal senator's wife, Maygan Sensenberger, 23, made international headlines after being arrested upon landing and charged with causing a disturbance on the plane.
Saskatoon police told the media that aircraft personnel asked for their help before the flight landed at around 8 p.m., after a young woman was allegedly being disruptive and threatening towards people on the aircraft.
Zimmer was travelling with Sensenberger to Saskatoon for the internment of the asshes of his mother, who had died the year before.
It was also supposed to have been the first time his family would meet his pretty, blond and much younger bride.
The couple married last August and Sensenberger's second court appearance Monday coincides with their one year anniversary.
Hustak maintains that despite the eyebrow-raising age difference, there is genuine affection between the couple.
"I just find (this whole series of events) very unfortunate - he takes his job seriously," Hustak said,
He added that his cousin is "not the first public figure who's had a young wife who's embarrassed him" and pointed to former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, whose wife Margaret was known for her footloose, wild child ways.
The Collingwood, Ont.-native's Facebook profile indicates Sensenberger is a wannabe actor with an affection for Marilyn Monroe who enjoys nights on the town, and shows her posing with Zimmer on their honeymoon and with U2 frontman Bono.
Zimmer was named to the upper chamber by former prime minister Paul Martin in 2005, and currently sits on the Senate committees for human rights, and for transportation and communications.
Before being named to the Senate, Zimmer was a Winnipeg businessman and philanthropist.