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Mike Duffy trial begins, expected to last at least 41 days

The Mike Duffy trial is the biggest politically-tinged court proceeding to happen during Stephen Harper's tenure. Mr. Duffy is facing charges ranging from bribery to fraud. CBC's Chris Hall takes us through the twists and turns that brought the journalist-turned-Senator to this troubling day.
Senator Mike Duffy arrives on Parliament Hill in Ottawa May 23, 2013. Duffy resigned from the Conservative caucus last week amid an expenses scandal. REUTERS/Chris Wattie (CANADA - Tags: POLITICS) - RTXZYD3 (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

When the Prime Minister appointed TV broadcaster and journalist Mike Duffy to the Senate in 2008... he could not have known what was about to be set in motion ... and how the very institution he publicly loathed would become such a political hot potato.

The RCMP charged Mike Duffy with 31 counts including fraud, bribery, and breach of trust. Today, the suspended Senator's trial gets underway. It is expected to capture headlines for at least the next 41 days.

The Rise and Fall of Mike Duffy

7 years ago
Linden MacIntyre traces how disgraced Conservative Senator Mike Duffy's larger than life ambition and questionable expenses ballooned into a political scandal that could take down the Senate. 45:11

To bring us up to speed and help us dissect what the trial could mean for the balance of power in Ottawa, we heard from Chris Hall. He is the CBC's National Affairs Editor and has been covering politics in Ottawa for over two decades.

This segment was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson.