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  • #76
    Mike Duffy trial brings all manner of onlookers to Ottawa's courthouse

    From an 11-year-old girl who begged her father to take her to the courthouse to a supply teacher who had a lot of free time over the summer, we meet two of the regular citizens showing up at the courthouse to watch the trial of Mike Duffy on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery.

    Dozens of journalists had been covering the trial every day until its third phase wrapped on Tuesday — the trial will resume in November after the federal election — but they weren't the only people showing up.


    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...ouse-1.3203860

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    • #77
      Mike Duffy testifies that Stephen Harper insisted he represent P.E.I.
      Mike Duffy, testifying for the first time at his criminal trial, said former prime minister Stephen Harper ignored his concerns about being appointed a senator for P.E.I. and insisted that if he were to join the Senate, he must represent that province.

      Tuesday marked Duffy's first chance to speak at length publicly since before the trial began on April 7. Since then he has stayed largely silent, ignoring the throngs of reporters as he has entered and exited the Ottawa courthouse.

      Duffy has pleaded not guilty to 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery related to expenses he claimed as a senator and later repaid in March 2013 with $90,000 from Nigel Wright, who at the time was chief of staff for Harper.


      More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mike...ence-1.3355196

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      • #78
        Forget Mike Duffy - the scandal is the Senate

        If Sen. Mike Duffy's defence is correct — and he may well be — then almost anything goes in Canada's farce of an upper chamber.

        Fly around to party fundraisers on the taxpayer's dime? No problem. Pay your pals for "advice" on stuff they know little about? All within the rules. Bill for living expenses when you're at home? Why not?

        After all, the Senate makes its own rules and they are written for senators, by senators.

        Of course, Canadians' dislike of the Senate predates l'affaire Duffy. That it really is an undemocratic farce — although long past being amusing — is old news. For a vast, modern democracy to be saddled with an unelected upper house is an embarrassment not mitigated by the difficulty of changing it.


        More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/forg...nate-1.3363406

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        • #79
          Mike Duffy judge to deliver ruling in Senate expenses trial


          Justice Charles Vaillancourt will deliver his ruling today in the long-running Mike Duffy trial.

          The P.E.I. senator faces 31 criminal charges for fraud, breach of trust and bribery related to his living and travel expenses, service contracts and his financial dealings with Stephen Harper's former chief of staff, Nigel Wright. Duffy has pleaded not guilty to all charges.


          More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mike...g-63-1.3545326
          Last edited by Nada; 04-21-2016, 11:59 AM.

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          • #80
            Mike Duffy ruling could put brakes on expense cases against other senators

            The exoneration of Senator Mike Duffy on 31 charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust could have significant implications for the cases against other senators under scrutiny for their expenses.

            "I think that the cases against the other senators have only gotten weaker after this judgment," said criminal defence lawyer Michael Spratt.

            "This judgment has clarified how unclear the Senate rules are and what were the Senate policies and practices in place at the time, he said. "That information certainly would weaken the Crown's case in respect to those types of expenses, maybe to the point where there is no reasonable prospect for conviction."



            More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mike...rcmp-1.3547000

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            • #81
              Mike Duffy rehires 2 staffers caught up in expenses scandal

              Senator Mike Duffy has re-hired two staff members who were embroiled in his criminal trial for fraud, breach of trust and bribery.

              Melanie Mercer, who worked in Duffy's office from his 2009 Senate appointment until the time of his suspension in 2013, and Mary McQuaid, Duffy's P.E.I.-based policy adviser, are back on the senator's payroll. McQuaid has been hired as a special assistant to Duffy and Mercer takes on the role of executive assistant.

              Mercer was a Crown witness during Duffy's criminal trial and was forced to defend her record-keeping practices — including her move to have Duffy pre-sign travel expense claim forms. The RCMP alleged that this practice amounted to fraud. Senate Speaker George Furey testified that it was a "poor practice."



              More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mike...fers-1.3679606

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