Mike Duffy set to enter fourth day in Ottawa
OTTAWA – A former senate law clerk returns to the stand today for a third day of cross-examination at the trial of suspended Sen. Mike Duffy.
In his testimony Thursday, Mark Audcent explained the Senate administrative rules he helped draft in 2004, and the definition of a senator’s parliamentary functions.
Duffy faces 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery, 18 of which deal with travel claims in which Duffy said he was on Senate business. The Crown has alleged Duffy attended to personal matters and went to partisan events on the public dime.
Duffy’s lawyer, Donald Bayne, tried to counter that argument with the assistance of two photographs featuring Duffy and Prime Minister Stephen Harper at public events.
Bayne argued that any political activity or event is fair game as the Senate rules go and Harper made it clear he wanted Duffy on the road, supporting the Conservatives.
Audcent agreed with Bayne’s analysis that there are no real limits on what constitutes legitimate activities for a senator — apart from campaigning for an MP during an election, or private business.
By The Canadian Press