Topic: mike duffy trial

Analysis

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.
Analysis

Forget Mike Duffy — the scandal is the Senate

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.

Mike Duffy defends arrangement to pay controversial expenses

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.
Analysis

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

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.

Mike Duffy trial: Gerry Donohue's Senate contract deal avoided tax 'disadvantage'

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.
Analysis

Mike Duffy trial: Harper's gone, but Senate scandal lingers: 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.

Senator Mike Duffy to star in the last chapter of his long trial

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.
Analysis

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

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.

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

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.
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.

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

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.
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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.

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

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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

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.

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

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."
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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.
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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.

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.

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

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.
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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.
Analysis

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

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.

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

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.
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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.

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.

Mike Duffy trial: Nigel Wright forced senator to accept PMO deal, lawyer says

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.
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.

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.
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.
Analysis

Nigel Wright aims to emerge from Mike Duffy trial with reputation intact

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.

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

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.
Analysis

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

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.

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

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.
Live blog recap

Mike Duffy trial, Day 36

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

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

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.
Live blog recap

Mike Duffy trial, Day 35

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

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

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.
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Mike Duffy trial, Day 34

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

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

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.
Live blog recap

Mike Duffy trial, Day 33

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

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

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.
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Mike Duffy trial, Day 32

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.

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

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.
Live blog recap

Mike Duffy trial, Day 31

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.

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

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.
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Mike Duffy trial, Day 30

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.

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

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.
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Mike Duffy trial, Day 29

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.

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

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.
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Mike Duffy trial, Day 28

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.

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

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.
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Mike Duffy trial, Day 27

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.

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

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.
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Mike Duffy trial, Day 26

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.

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

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.
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Mike Duffy trial, Day 25

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.

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

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.
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Mike Duffy trial, Day 24

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.
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Mike Duffy trial, Day 23

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.

Mike Duffy trial: Judge sides with defence on 2 issues

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mike Duffy trial: Crown says senator got $10K for speech, billed $3K for travel

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.
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Mike Duffy trial, Day 22

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.

Mike Duffy trial: Defence argues Wikipedia documents defamatory

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.
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Mike Duffy trial, Day 21

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

Mike Duffy trial: Travel claim allegations draw Tory MP, dog breeder to trial

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.
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Mike Duffy trial, Day 20

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

Mike Duffy trial: Crown dogs suspended senator over Peterborough trip

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.
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Mike Duffy trial, Day 19

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

Mike Duffy trial: Senate expense report has 'inherent reliability,' senator's lawyer argues

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.

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

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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Mike Duffy trial, Day 18

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

Mike Duffy trial: Following the trail of cheques

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.

Mike Duffy never raised eligibility with PM, Conservative source says

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.
Analysis

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

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.

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.
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Mike Duffy trial, Day 17

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

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

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.

Mike Duffy trial: Defence questions travel expense policy for fundraising

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.
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Mike Duffy trial, Day 16

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

Mike Duffy diary: Conservatives won't discuss his Enbridge conversations

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.

Mike Duffy trial: Senate finance knew Duffy had lived in Ottawa home for years

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.
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Mike Duffy trial, Day 15

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

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