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  • Duffy Trial 20151119

    Analysis Mike Duffy testimony reveals more details, but Crown avoids $90K cheque

    by Mark Gollom

    Anyone who had been expecting Mike Duffy to drop a political bombshell will surely feel disappointed by his testimony. Instead, court mostly heard the senator provide expanded explanations to many arguments that had already been advanced by his lawyer.

    Posted: Dec 18, 2015 3:41 PM ET read comments
  • Mike Duffy Trial

    Mike Duffy trial: Defence rests case as Crown wraps up cross-examination of senator

    by Mark Gollom

    Mike Duffy turned out to be the only defence witness to testify at his criminal trial as his legal team rested its case today following the Crown's two-day cross-examination of the senator in an Ottawa courtroom.

    Posted: Dec 17, 2015 8:42 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 17, 2015 6:40 PM ET
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  • Mike Duffy Stephen Harper photo - exhibit104

    PMO's payback expense scheme benefited Stephen Harper, not Mike Duffy, senator says

    by Mark Gollom

    Mike Duffy testified that Stephen Harper benefited politically by having the senator capitulate to a Prime Minister's Office scheme in which he would admit he mistakenly made expense claims on his Ottawa residence and that he would repay the amount.

    Posted: Dec 15, 2015 9:07 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 15, 2015 6:53 PM ET
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  • Duffy Trial 20151127

    Mike Duffy says he resisted PMO plan for housing expense repayment 'at every opportunity'

    by Mark Gollom

    Senator Mike Duffy testified that he resisted "at every opportunity" a scenario proposed by members of Stephen Harper's PMO to have him publicly acknowledge he was mistaken to claim housing allowances for his Ottawa home and that he would repay.

    Posted: Dec 14, 2015 8:39 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 14, 2015 7:37 PM ET
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    Analysis Forget Mike Duffy — the scandal is the Senate

    by Terry Milewski

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

    Posted: Dec 14, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 14, 2015 10:42 AM ET
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  • Mike Duffy and Donald Bayne

    Mike Duffy defends arrangement to pay controversial expenses

    by Mark Gollom

    Mike Duffy said hiring his colleague Gerald Donohue as a general contractor who then paid for some of the senator's expenses the Crown now contends were inappropriate was a valid payment structure.

    Posted: Dec 11, 2015 8:48 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 13, 2015 2:22 PM ET
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  • Duffy Trial 20151209

    Mike Duffy insists all his travel claims are legit, denies billing for dog show

    by Mark Gollom

    Senator Mike Duffy denied Crown allegations that he billed taxpayers to attend a dog show or visit his family in Vancouver, insisting repeatedly he never inappropriately expensed travel claims that are at the centre of his criminal trial.

    Posted: Dec 10, 2015 8:14 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 11, 2015 8:21 AM ET
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  • Duffy Trial 20151127

    Mike Duffy denies he broke rules or had motive to defraud the Senate

    by Mark Gollom

    Senator Mike Duffy denied in court testimony Wednesday that he has ever broken Senate rules or had any motive to defraud the Senate, attempting to counter allegations that his precarious financial situation prompted him to claim inappropriate expenses.

    Posted: Dec 09, 2015 9:19 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 10, 2015 8:49 AM ET
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  • Mike Duffy Trial

    Mike Duffy testifies that Stephen Harper insisted he represent P.E.I.

    by Mark Gollom

    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.

    Posted: Dec 08, 2015 9:16 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 09, 2015 7:47 AM ET
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  • Senate Speaker George Furey

    Mike Duffy trial: Crown done with final witness, setting stage for senator to testify

    by Mark Gollom

    The Crown in the Mike Duffy trial has finished with its final witness and is expected to rest its case on Tuesday, setting the stage for the senator to testify on his own behalf.

    Posted: Dec 07, 2015 8:48 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 07, 2015 6:11 PM ET
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  • Duffy Trial 20151127

    Analysis Mike Duffy's testifying in his own defence not without risk

    by Mark Gollom

    When Mike Duffy takes the witness box in courtroom 33 this week, the senator will do what he has been itching to do since his trial began — offer, in his own voice, his defence against the 31 charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust he now faces.

    Posted: Dec 07, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 07, 2015 10:17 AM ET
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    Mike Duffy trial: Gerry Donohue's Senate contract deal avoided tax 'disadvantage'

    by Kathleen Harris

    Gerald Donohue, who received contracts worth thousands of dollars from Senator Mike Duffy, said he had cheques made out to his wife's company because direct payment would have put him at a "disadvantage" with Canada's tax agency.

    Posted: Nov 19, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 19, 2015 7:16 PM ET
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  • Duffy Trial 20150825

    Analysis Mike Duffy trial: Harper's gone, but Senate scandal lingers: Rosemary Barton

    by Rosemary Barton

    When last we left this place, the importance of every word was being weighed in courtroom 33 and beyond. The next phase of the Mike Duffy trial begins tomorrow, but save for one witness, the spotlight has already begun to fade on the Ottawa courthouse.

    Posted: Nov 18, 2015 5:00 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 18, 2015 7:31 PM ET
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    Senator Mike Duffy to star in the last chapter of his long trial

    by Jennifer Ditchburn

    The P.E.I. senator is expected to take the stand, once the Crown wraps up its case. Duffy has said almost nothing publicly since the trial began in April.

    Posted: Nov 17, 2015 11:09 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 19, 2015 8:56 AM ET
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  • Harper vs Duffy

    Stephen Harper says Mike Duffy met requirements to represent P.E.I. in Senate

    by Jennifer Ditchburn

    Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is defending his decision to appoint Mike Duffy as a senator for P.E.I., saying that the former Ottawa broadcaster met the bar of owning a residence in the province.

    Posted: Sep 10, 2015 2:46 PM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 10, 2015 2:52 PM ET
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  • chris woodcock

    Mike Duffy trial: Former, current PMO aides' court chat showed 'poor judgment'

    by Mark Gollom

    A former director of issues management at the Prime Minister's Office who was being cross-examined at the Mike Duffy trial may not have been acting improperly by chatting at the Ottawa courthouse with the current holder of the job, but it showed poor judgment, criminal lawyers say.

    Posted: Aug 27, 2015 5:48 PM ET read comments
  • Duffy Trial 20150825

    Mike Duffy scandal aftermath leaves only 1 person outcast from Tory party

    by Jennifer Ditchburn

    Mike Duffy remains the only true persona non grata in the Conservative party. Other Conservatives involved in the scandal have been kept inside the fold, even receiving promotions, with only one staffer, Nigel Wright, ever repudiated for his role in the coverup.

    Posted: Aug 26, 2015 5:16 PM ET read comments
  • Duffy Trial 20150825

    Analysis Mike Duffy trial: Crown, defence cases overshadowed by political bombshells

    by Mark Gollom

    Political revelations from the third phase of the Mike Duffy trial made for great headlines. However, much more crucial to the senator, and to an extent overshadowed by the headlines from the Ottawa trial, was the respective cases being laid out by the Crown and defence.

    Posted: Aug 26, 2015 1:41 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 26, 2015 4:57 PM ET
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  • chris woodcock

    Chris Woodcock, ex-PMO top aide, 'uncomfortable' with attempt to drop auditor review of Duffy

    by Mark Gollom

    As the third phase of the Mike Duffy trial wrapped up today, a former top aide at the Prime Minister's Office testified he felt "uncomfortable" that the PMO was attempting to get an independent auditor "locked in" to drop its review of the senator.

    Posted: Aug 25, 2015 8:50 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 25, 2015 9:25 PM ET
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  • Senator Mike Duffy arrives at his trial in Ottawa

    Live Blog Mike Duffy trial, Day 46

    Follow CBC News' live coverage of Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery, as former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright continues his testimony.

    Posted: Aug 25, 2015 7:44 AM ET
  • Chris Woodcock

    Chris Woodcock, ex-PMO aide, says he didn't know Wright repaid Duffy's expenses

    by Mark Gollom

    Mike Duffy's lawyer battled it out in court today with a former senior staffer in the Prime Minister's Office over his insistence that he never a read a line in an email from Nigel Wright that said he had personally repaid the senator's expenses.

    Posted: Aug 24, 2015 8:46 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 24, 2015 9:37 PM ET
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  • Senator Mike Duffy arrives at his trial in Ottawa

    Live blog recap Mike Duffy trial, Day 45

    Read a recap of CBC News' live coverage of Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery, as former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright continues his testimony.

    Posted: Aug 24, 2015 7:30 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 24, 2015 6:50 PM ET
  • Benjamin Perrin

    Benjamin Perrin, ex-PMO lawyer, believed Harper OK'd details of plan to repay Duffy's expenses

    by Mark Gollom

    A former legal adviser of the Prime Minister's Office said he believed Stephen Harper had directly approved the details of a plan by members of his staff to pay back Mike Duffy's living expenses.

    Posted: Aug 21, 2015 8:32 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 21, 2015 5:46 PM ET
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  • Mike Duffy

    Live blog recap Mike Duffy trial, Day 44

    Read a recap of CBC News' live coverage of Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery, as former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright continues his testimony.

    Posted: Aug 21, 2015 7:55 AM ET
  • CANADA-POLITICS/

    Photos Mike Duffy trial: Key players in the Senate expenses scandal

    Embattled suspended Sen. Mike Duffy begins his trial on April 7 in Ottawa. Duffy's improper Senate expenses claims and a $90,000 cheque from the prime minister's former chief of staff erupted into a scandal that rocked the political establishment in 2013.

    Posted: Mar 27, 2015 11:27 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 20, 2015 10:21 AM ET
  • Mike Duffy

    Live blog recap Mike Duffy trial, Day 43

    Read a recap of CBC News' live coverage of Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery, as former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright continues his testimony.

    Posted: Aug 20, 2015 7:24 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 20, 2015 5:58 PM ET
  • Duffy Trial 2013 Nigel Wright

    Mike Duffy trial: 7 things we learned from Nigel Wright's testimony

    by Mark Gollom

    After six days in the witness box, including five under intense cross-examination, Nigel Wright has wrapped up his testimony, answering a number of questions that had been hanging since he left the Prime Minister's Office and his role as Stephen Harper's chief of staff in May 2013.

    Posted: Aug 20, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 20, 2015 8:21 AM ET
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  • Duffy Trial 20150818

    Nigel Wright says public believing Duffy repaid expenses not 'bad misrepresentation'

    by Mark Gollom

    Nigel Wright testifies he didn't think allowing Senator Mike Duffy to say he had paid back his expenses, when Wright had covered the questionable claims, was a "bad misrepresentation."

    Posted: Aug 19, 2015 9:07 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 19, 2015 5:36 PM ET
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  • Mike Duffy

    Live blog recap Mike Duffy trial, Day 42

    Read a recap of CBC News' live coverage of Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery, as former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright continues his testimony.

    Posted: Aug 19, 2015 7:30 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 19, 2015 9:46 PM ET
  • Mike Duffy and Nigel Wright

    What top Conservatives said about the Duffy-Wright affair

    Top Conservatives and their aides have made statements over the course of the scandal around Sen. Mike Duffy's expenses that have been later contradicted, or substantially changed. Here are a few examples.

    Posted: Aug 18, 2015 5:04 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 18, 2015 8:47 PM ET
  • Nigel Wright, Mike Duffy, Ray Novak

    New Democrats ask RCMP if they'll reopen Senate-expenses probe

    by Susana Mas

    The NDP is calling on the RCMP to reconsider laying criminal charges against Nigel Wright, Stephen Harper's former chief of staff, and open a new investigation into other senior members of Harper's inner circle in light of evidence filed in the criminal case against Senator Mike Duffy.

    Posted: Aug 18, 2015 3:16 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 18, 2015 6:31 PM ET
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  • Duffy Trial 20150817

    Mike Duffy trial: Ben Perrin, ex-PMO lawyer, believed Ray Novak knew about Nigel Wright's cheque

    by Mark Gollom

    A former legal advisor to the Prime Minister's Office said that he believed Stephen Harper's current chief of staff was part of a conference call in which Nigel Wright's plan to personally repay Mike Duffy's questionable expenses was discussed.

    Posted: Aug 18, 2015 9:05 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 18, 2015 7:44 PM ET
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  • Duffy Trial 20150421

    Live blog recap Mike Duffy trial, Day 41

    Read a recap of CBC News' coverage of Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery, as former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright continues his testimony.

    Posted: Aug 18, 2015 7:30 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 18, 2015 5:40 PM ET
  • Nigel Wright, Mike Duffy, Ray Novak

    Duffy-Wright affair: A who's who of key Conservatives involved in a plan to repay the senators' expenses

    Here's a look at some of the key people around Conservative Leader Stephen Harper who, according to emails filed in the criminal case of Mike Duffy, were aware of a secret plan to repay the senator's ineligible expenses.

    Posted: Aug 17, 2015 1:55 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 17, 2015 2:48 PM ET
  • Nigel Wright

    Mike Duffy trial: Nigel Wright, Donald Bayne spar over the meaning of 'sweet'

    by Mark Gollom

    Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy's lawyer sparred in court today over what the former chief of staff meant in an email when he said "sweet' following the senator's public admission he may have made a mistake with his living expenses.

    Posted: Aug 17, 2015 8:53 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 17, 2015 6:43 PM ET
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  • Duffy Trial 20150421

    Live blog replay Mike Duffy trial, Day 40

    Read a recap of CBC News' coverage of Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery, as former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright continues his testimony.

    Posted: Aug 17, 2015 7:30 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 17, 2015 10:59 PM ET
  • Nigel Wright, Mike Duffy, Ray Novak

    Analysis 5 crisis-management lessons in the PMO's Mike Duffy emails

    by Bill Walker

    Combing through hundreds of pages of Prime Minister's Office emails released by the court at the trial of Senator Mike Duffy this week, it takes only a half-dozen pages to realize what this was all about: an exercise in crisis communications management. PR consultant Bill Walker looks at whether it worked.

    Posted: Aug 14, 2015 1:11 PM ET read comments
  • Duffy Trial 20150813

    Nigel Wright denies secret plan to use Tory fund to cover Mike Duffy's expenses was 'fraud'

    by Mark Gollom

    Mike Duffy's lawyer ripped into Nigel Wright in court on Friday, accusing the prime minister's former chief of staff of planning to deceive Canadians with a scheme to secretly use a Conservative Party fund to pay off inappropriate living expenses claimed by the senator.

    Posted: Aug 14, 2015 8:26 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 14, 2015 10:41 PM ET
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  • Duffy Trial 20150421

    Live blog recap Mike Duffy trial, Day 39

    Read a recap of CBC News' coverage of Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery, as former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright continues his testimony.

    Posted: Aug 14, 2015 7:13 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 14, 2015 6:17 PM ET
  • Duffy Trial 20150812

    Mike Duffy then and now: 3 Conservative contradictions

    As the Mike Duffy Senate spending scandal unfolds, the Conservative talking points keep changing. Here are some of the contradictions emerging through courtroom testimony and evidence.

    Posted: Aug 13, 2015 8:49 AM ET read comments
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    Mike Duffy trial: Nigel Wright forced senator to accept PMO deal, lawyer says

    by Mark Gollom

    Mike Duffy's lawyer and the Crown's key witness Nigel Wright battled it out in court Thursday over whether the senator was forced to accept a deal cooked up by members of the Prime Minister's Office that made him admit he may have mistakenly claimed living expenses.

    Posted: Aug 13, 2015 8:12 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 13, 2015 10:37 PM ET
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  • Duffy Trial 20150421

    Live blog recap Mike Duffy trial, Day 38

    Read a recap of CBC News' coverage of Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery, as former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright continues his testimony.

    Posted: Aug 13, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 13, 2015 6:18 PM ET
  • Duffy Trial 20150812

    Mike Duffy Trial: Who is Nigel Wright?

    As Senator Mike Duffy's fraud and breach of trust trial resumes Wednesday, here's what you need to know about Stephen Harper's former chief of staff.

    Posted: Aug 12, 2015 10:33 AM ET read comments
  • Duffy Trial 20150421

    Live Blog Recap Mike Duffy trial, Day 37

    Replay CBC News' coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery resumed after a two-month break. On Wednesday, former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright explained why and how he reimbursed taxpayers for the senator's expenses with his personal money.

    Posted: Aug 12, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 12, 2015 4:04 PM ET
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    Analysis Nigel Wright aims to emerge from Mike Duffy trial with reputation intact

    by Rosemary Barton

    Nigel Wright, the former chief of staff for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is set to testify Wednesday, a key figure in the Crown's case against suspended Senator Mike Duffy and the charge of bribery linked to a $90,000 payment made to Duffy to pay back his expense claims.

    Posted: Aug 11, 2015 9:00 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 12, 2015 10:41 AM ET
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  • A young Nigel Wright

    Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy set to meet again - in court

    by Peter Mansbridge, Lara Chatterjee

    The video is somewhat faded after 34 years in the CBC library, but it's clear the young man clapping ‎enthusiastically at a 1981 political rally is Nigel Wright. A few metres away? A reporter named Mike Duffy - the same future senator at whose trial Wright finds himself the star witness this week.

    Posted: Aug 11, 2015 5:00 AM ET
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  • Mike Duffy and Nigel Wright

    Analysis Mike Duffy trial to resume against election backdrop — with star witness Nigel Wright

    by Louise Elliott

    The long-anticipated third instalment of the Mike Duffy trial will begin this week with some key testimony from Nigel Wright, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's former chief of staff. We take a look at what the Crown and the defence need to do to benefit from his testimony.

    Posted: Aug 10, 2015 5:00 AM ET read comments audio
  • Mike Duffy

    Mike Duffy trial adjourns, returns in August with Nigel Wright as 1st witness

    by Mark Gollom

    The second phase of the Mike Duffy trial wrapped up Thursday, with key witness Nigel Wright, the former chief of staff for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, set to be the first witness to testify when the case resumes in August.

    Posted: Jun 18, 2015 8:43 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 09, 2015 12:26 PM ET
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  • Duffy Trial 20150421

    Live blog recap Mike Duffy trial, Day 36

    by Kady O'Malley

    Re-read CBC News' live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery continues.

    Posted: Jun 18, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 18, 2015 6:04 PM ET
  • Duffy Trial 20150617

    Mike Duffy trial hears accountant trace path of Nigel Wright's $90K payment

    by Mark Gollom

    A forensic accountant carefully traced the path of $90,000 of funds from the account of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's former chief of staff Nigel Wright, to an Ottawa-based law firm, into the bank account of suspended Senator Mike Duffy, and finally to the Receiver General of Canada.

    Posted: Jun 17, 2015 9:03 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 18, 2015 8:57 AM ET
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  • Mike Duffy

    Live blog recap Mike Duffy trial, Day 35

    by Kady O'Malley

    Re-read CBC News' live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery continues.

    Posted: Jun 17, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 17, 2015 11:30 PM ET
  • Duffy Trial 20150615

    Mike Duffy trial: Duffy used line of credit to pay off account shortfalls, court hears

    by Mark Gollom

    Mike Duffy was withdrawing more money from his bank account than making deposits and forced to fund the difference with his line of credit, a forensic accountant testified at the suspended senator's trial.

    Posted: Jun 16, 2015 8:44 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 17, 2015 7:41 AM ET
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  • Mike Duffy - Day 33

    Live blog recap Mike Duffy trial, Day 34

    by Kady O'Malley

    Re-read CBC News' live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery continues.

    Posted: Jun 16, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 16, 2015 7:33 PM ET
  • Duffy Trial 20150507

    Mike Duffy trial: Other senators pre-signed travel claim forms, Senate aide says

    by Mark Gollom

    A current aide to the Senate's Speaker has testified that two senators she previously worked for pre-signed blank travel claim forms, a system the former executive assistant to Mike Duffy has said was also practised in their office.

    Posted: Jun 15, 2015 8:36 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 16, 2015 10:19 AM ET
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  • Duffy Trial 20150602

    Live blog recap Mike Duffy trial, Day 33

    by Kady O'Malley

    Reread CBC News' live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery continues.

    Posted: Jun 15, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 15, 2015 6:18 PM ET
  • Duffy Trial 20150507

    Mike Duffy gave more information than required on claims, defence says

    by Mark Gollom

    Additional details about the purpose of trips that were included on some of Mike Duffy's travel claims prove the suspended senator was not trying to defraud the Senate, Duffy's lawyer suggested today.

    Posted: Jun 12, 2015 1:04 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 12, 2015 8:01 PM ET
  • Mike Duffy - sketch

    Live blog recap Mike Duffy trial, Day 32

    by Kady O'Malley

    CBC News will have live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery continues. Court proceedings are set to get underway at 10 a.m. ET.

    Posted: Jun 12, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 12, 2015 10:39 AM ET
  • Mike Duffy

    Mike Duffy trial: Defence argues for admissibility of secret Senate audit

    by Mark Gollom

    The Senate should not be allowed to keep secret an internal audit, a lawyer for the Mike Duffy defence team argued Thursday, saying the legislative body has kept the “curtain closed” on information it does not want the court to hear.

    Posted: Jun 11, 2015 8:36 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 16, 2015 10:22 AM ET
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  • Mike Duffy - Day 24

    Live blog recap Mike Duffy trial, Day 31

    by Kady O'Malley

    CBC News will have live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery continues. Court proceedings are set to get underway at 10 a.m. ET.

    Posted: Jun 11, 2015 5:00 AM ET
  • Mike Duffy - Day 26

    Mike Duffy trial: Private citizens covering MPs' expenses 'common practice'

    by Mark Gollom

    Third-party individuals writing expense cheques for parliamentarians to pay for services is a “very common practice” in the House of Commons, the former executive assistant of Mike Duffy testified today.

    Posted: Jun 10, 2015 8:51 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 16, 2015 10:27 AM ET
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  • Mike Duffy - Day 25

    Live blog recap Mike Duffy trial, Day 30

    by Kady O'Malley

    CBC News will have live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery continues. Court proceedings are set to get underway at 10 a.m. ET.

    Posted: Jun 10, 2015 5:00 AM ET
  • Mike Duffy

    Mike Duffy trial: Ex-aide's cellphone charges paid through Duffy associate, court hears

    by Mark Gollom

    Mike Duffy arranged to have the monthly fees of his executive assistant's cellphone paid through his associate, after Senate administration said it would not cover the costs, court heard today.

    Posted: Jun 09, 2015 8:20 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 09, 2015 6:09 PM ET
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  • Mike Duffy

    Live Blog Mike Duffy trial, Day 29

    by Kady O'Malley

    CBC News will have live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery continues. Court proceedings are set to get underway at 10 a.m. ET.

    Posted: Jun 09, 2015 5:00 AM ET
  • Duffy Trial 20150601

    Mike Duffy pre-signed Senate travel expense claims, court hears

    by Mark Gollom

    Suspended Senator Mike Duffy pre-signed a stack of blank travel claims before any details about trips had been provided on the documents, his former executive assistant testified today.

    Posted: Jun 08, 2015 8:33 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 08, 2015 7:50 PM ET
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  • Mike Duffy

    Live Blog Mike Duffy trial, Day 28

    by Kady O'Malley

    CBC News will have live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery continues. Court proceedings are set to get underway at 10 a.m. ET.

    Posted: Jun 08, 2015 5:00 AM ET
  • Duffy Trial 20150602

    Mike Duffy trial: Appearance at fair cancelled over expense fees, ex-MP says

    by Mark Gollom

    As Mike Duffy was being investigated by the RCMP, the suspended senator emailed former Conservative MP Gary Lunn, seeking confirmation that a planned appearance at a local fair in 2009 was cancelled at the last minute because an Olympic torch would be showcased, court heard.

    Posted: Jun 05, 2015 8:59 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 17, 2015 12:03 AM ET
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  • Mike Duffy - Day 26

    Live Blog Mike Duffy trial, Day 27

    by Kady O'Malley

    CBC News will have live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery continues. Court proceedings are set to get underway at 10 a.m. ET.

    Posted: Jun 05, 2015 5:00 AM ET
  • Mike Duffy - Day 24

    Mike Duffy trial: Attending funerals part of senators' responsibilities, court hears

    by Mark Gollom

    The lawyer for Mike Duffy defended a series of funerals his client attended and expensed for thousands of dollars, suggesting that it was part of his "regional responsibilities" as a senator.

    Posted: Jun 04, 2015 10:01 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 17, 2015 12:04 AM ET
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  • Mike Duffy - Day 25

    Live Blog Mike Duffy trial, Day 26

    by Kady O'Malley

    CBC News will have live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery continues. Court proceedings are set to get underway at 10 a.m. ET.

    Posted: Jun 04, 2015 5:00 AM ET
  • Duffy Trial 20150602

    Mike Duffy trial sees email recalling 'great' B.C. luncheon with MP

    by Mark Gollom

    Mike Duffy sent an email in 2014 to the father of a Conservative MP appearing to defend a B.C. luncheon held two years earlier — a meeting that was under investigation by the RCMP for being improperly expensed by the suspended senator.

    Posted: Jun 03, 2015 8:26 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 17, 2015 12:22 AM ET
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  • Mike Duffy - Day 24

    Live Blog Mike Duffy trial, Day 25

    by Kady O'Malley

    CBC News will have live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery continues. Court proceedings are set to get underway at 10 a.m. ET.

    Posted: Jun 03, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 03, 2015 12:56 PM ET
  • Mike Duffy - June 1, 2015

    Mike Duffy trial: Senator shopped for puppy during expensed trip, court hears

    by Mark Gollom

    A Quebec dog breeder testified at the Mike Duffy trial in Ottawa on Tuesday that the suspended senator spoke to her at a 2010 dog show in Peterborough, Ont., about acquiring a puppy.

    Posted: Jun 02, 2015 8:50 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 17, 2015 12:05 AM ET
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  • Mike Duffy - June 1, 2015

    Live Blog Mike Duffy trial, Day 24

    by Kady O'Malley

    CBC News will have live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery continues. Court proceedings are set to get underway at 10 a.m. ET.

    Posted: Jun 02, 2015 5:00 AM ET
  • Duffy Trial 20150507

    Live Blog Mike Duffy trial, Day 23

    by Kady O'Malley

    CBC News will have live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery resumes following a three-week hiatus. Court proceedings are set to get underway at 10 a.m. ET.

    Posted: Jun 01, 2015 5:00 AM ET
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    Mike Duffy trial: Judge sides with defence on 2 issues

    by Mark Gollom

    The trial of suspended Senator Mike Duffy resumed today following a three-week break with the judge siding with the defence on two issues, including allowing into evidence a Senate report that contained the findings of an independent audit into senators' office and travel expenditures.

    Posted: Jun 01, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 01, 2015 12:36 PM ET
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    Ian Binnie, ex-Supreme Court justice, to arbitrate Senate expense claims

    Former Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie has been named by the Senate to arbitrate disputes over the auditor general's investigation into senators' expenses — even in cases where the file has been referred to the RCMP.

    Posted: May 26, 2015 9:51 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 26, 2015 5:00 PM ET
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  • Governor General David Johnston - Interview

    Governor General asked to clarify Senate residency rules

    The governor general is being asked to wade into the controversy over Senate residency requirements and whether the current appointment process meets constitutional obligations.

    Posted: May 21, 2015 1:15 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 21, 2015 4:02 PM ET
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    Mike Duffy trial: Senate invokes immunity to block defence bid for documents

    The Senate is using the closed-door hearings involving a disgraced former Liberal senator as a precedent for keeping internal audit information out of the Mike Duffy trial.

    Posted: May 19, 2015 2:16 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 19, 2015 3:47 PM ET
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    Mike Duffy trial: Crown says senator got $10K for speech, billed $3K for travel

    by Mark Gollom

    Mike Duffy was paid $10,000 to give a speech in Ottawa in 2012 at a building owners conference, billing the Senate around $3,000 for travel expenses, prosecutors said in court today.

    Posted: May 08, 2015 9:14 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 17, 2015 12:39 AM ET
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    Live Blog Mike Duffy trial, Day 22

    by Kady O'Malley

    CBC News will have live coverage as the first phase of Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery wraps up until June 1. Court proceedings begin at 10 a.m. ET.

    Posted: May 08, 2015 5:00 AM ET
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    Mike Duffy trial: Defence argues Wikipedia documents defamatory

    by Kady O'Malley

    Mike Duffy's lawyer Donald Bayne focused Thursday morning on Wikipedia-related documents alleged to defame the now suspended senator after the Crown argued yesterday they should be admitted into evidence.

    Posted: May 07, 2015 9:23 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 07, 2015 4:00 PM ET
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    Live blog replay Mike Duffy trial, Day 21

    by Kady O'Malley

    Read a replay of CBC News' live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery continues.

    Posted: May 07, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 07, 2015 5:37 PM ET
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    Mike Duffy trial: Travel claim allegations draw Tory MP, dog breeder to trial

    by Mark Gollom

    The Crown zeroed in on Mike Duffy's travel claims today, bringing in Conservative MP John Duncan and a New Brunswick dog breeder to try and further its case alleging the now-suspended senator inappropriately expensed the government.

    Posted: May 06, 2015 8:28 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 17, 2015 12:06 AM ET
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    Live blog replay Mike Duffy trial, Day 20

    by Kady O'Malley

    Read a replay of CBC News' live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery continues.

    Posted: May 06, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 06, 2015 5:55 PM ET
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    Mike Duffy trial: Crown dogs suspended senator over Peterborough trip

    by Mark Gollom

    The Crown in the Mike Duffy trial went to the dogs on Tuesday, but the suspended senator's lawyer suggested that the prosecution was barking up the wrong tree.

    Posted: May 05, 2015 8:45 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 05, 2015 5:01 PM ET
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    Live blog replay Mike Duffy trial, Day 19

    by Kady O'Malley

    Read a recap of CBC News' live coverage at Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery Tuesday.

    Posted: May 05, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 05, 2015 9:29 PM ET
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    Mike Duffy trial: Senate expense report has 'inherent reliability,' senator's lawyer argues

    by Mark Gollom

    The judge in the Mike Duffy trial should be able to consider a Senate report that included the findings of an outside auditor because it's a public document that has 'inherent reliability," the suspended senator's lawyer argued in court today.

    Posted: May 04, 2015 8:08 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 04, 2015 7:59 PM ET
  • Mike Duffy

    Mike Duffy Dictionary: A glossary of some of the terms coming up in court

    by Jennifer Ditchburn

    Sen. Mike Duffy's trial on 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery begins its fifth week Monday — an opportunity to look at the unique lexicon that's sprung up around the case.

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    Live Blog Mike Duffy trial, Day 18

    by Kady O'Malley

    Read CBC News' live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery continues.

    Posted: May 04, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 04, 2015 7:02 AM ET
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    Mike Duffy trial: Following the trail of cheques

    by Mark Gollom

    Mike Duffy's friend Gerald Donohue doled out 31 cheques totalling $33,028.68 to 14 individuals or companies. That money came from Senate research contracts awarded to Donohue worth nearly $65,000 - and, so far, witnesses, court exhibits and RCMP documents have yet to make clear what happened to the rest of that money.

    Posted: May 03, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 03, 2015 1:48 PM ET
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  • Senate Appointments

    Mike Duffy never raised eligibility with PM, Conservative source says

    by Rosemary Barton

    A Conservative source is disputing the idea that Mike Duffy raised concerns with Prime Minister Stephen Harper about whether he was eligible to represent Prince Edward Island in the Senate when he was first appointed.

    Posted: Apr 29, 2015 5:16 PM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 29, 2015 8:44 PM ET
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  • Senator Mike Duffy

    Analysis Mike Duffy trial: What's in the Senate report the Crown doesn't want as evidence?

    by Kady O'Malley

    An unexpected outburst of procedural wrangling has forced Ontario Court Justice Charles Vaillancourt to put the trial of suspended Senator Mike Duffy on hold until next week. The dispute centres on a little-known - but public - Senate report from 2010.

    Posted: Apr 29, 2015 4:01 PM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 29, 2015 5:16 PM ET
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  • Duffy Trial 20150427

    Mike Duffy trial delayed until Monday due to battle over evidence

    The judge in Mike Duffy's Senate expenses trial in Ottawa has adjourned proceedings for the rest of the week to give the Crown and defence time to prepare arguments over the admissibility of a Senate committee report.

    Posted: Apr 29, 2015 8:40 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 17, 2015 12:48 AM ET
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  • Mike Duffy

    Live Blog Mike Duffy trial, Day 17

    by Kady O'Malley

    Read CBC News' live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery continues.

    Posted: Apr 29, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 29, 2015 6:42 AM ET
  • Senator Mike Duffy - Day 11

    Mike Duffy, Stephen Harper disagreed on P.E.I. appointment: Sources

    by Rosemary Barton

    Mike Duffy was concerned about his eligibility to represent P.E.I. in the Senate from almost the very moment he was appointed, sources tell CBC News, and even asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper if he could instead represent Ontario, where he had lived for three decades.

    Posted: Apr 28, 2015 9:10 PM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 29, 2015 10:04 AM ET
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    Mike Duffy trial: Defence questions travel expense policy for fundraising

    by Mark Gollom

    Mike Duffy's lawyer demanded the former chief of Senate finance provide proof that Senate administration had a policy that prohibited senators from charging travel expenses for all fundraising activities.

    Posted: Apr 28, 2015 10:28 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 17, 2015 12:09 AM ET
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  • Senator Mike Duffy

    Live Blog Mike Duffy trial, Day 16

    by Kady O'Malley

    Read CBC News' live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery continues.

    Posted: Apr 28, 2015 5:00 AM ET
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    Mike Duffy diary: Conservatives won't discuss his Enbridge conversations

    by Laura Payton

    Questions about the substance of suspended Senator Mike Duffy's discussions with the Prime Minister's Office regarding energy company Enbridge remained unanswered following question period Monday.

    Posted: Apr 27, 2015 6:02 PM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 27, 2015 9:00 PM ET
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    Mike Duffy trial: Senate finance knew Duffy had lived in Ottawa home for years

    by Mark Gollom

    Senate finance officials signed off on Mike Duffy's expenses to live in Ottawa even though they had been informed he had been living in his Kanata home for seven years, the suspended senator's lawyer argued in court today.

    Posted: Apr 27, 2015 8:17 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 17, 2015 12:10 AM ET
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  • Mike Duffy - April 24 (sketch)

    Live Blog Mike Duffy trial, Day 15

    by Kady O'Malley

    Read CBC News' live coverage as Mike Duffy's trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery continues.

    Posted: Apr 27, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 27, 2015 8:27 AM ET


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