Duffy: Stephen Harper said I hadn't broken the rules

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Senator Mike Duffy and former prime minister Stephen Harper are shown at a February 2012 caucus meeting in a handout photo that was entered as evidence at the Duffy trail on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015.

OTTAWA - Mike Duffy says former prime minister Stephen Harper conceded the senator had never broken any Senate expense rules, but was adamant that Duffy admit fault to keep Conservative supporters happy.

Duffy is recounting on the witness stand how he made his case directly to Harper, noting how much time he spent on the road trying to build support for the Conservatives.

A photo of the moment he spoke to Harper at a February 2012 caucus meeting was entered into evidence at the fraud, breach of trust and bribery trial.


Duffy says that he repeatedly resisted attempts by Harper's top aides to have him admit publicly to a mistake and repay his expense claims, because this would forever stain his reputation.

The senator's reluctance to go along with the so-called mistake-repay scenario is key to his defence against the charge of bribery.

The Crown has argued that Duffy was a participant in a scheme to have Harper's one time chief of staff Nigel Wright secretly repay the $90,000 in contested expenses.

Organizations: Conservatives

Geographic location: OTTAWA

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  • townie2
    December 15, 2015 - 21:26

    pure greed, he could have said no at least a dozen times, but he played along to get everything he could.

  • Poor Mike
    December 15, 2015 - 21:05

    If only Mike Duffy had a really good advisor to speak to before he made any decisions. Wait. He had advisors on the payroll. What happened Mike Duffy?

  • Garth Staples
    December 15, 2015 - 17:44


    December 15, 2015 - 17:24

    Duffy lost his "reputation" after he stabbed Stephane Dion in the back in that infamous recreated interview . If Mulroney was in the picture we would have the three most detested politicians in Canadian history , and maybe the most scandalous .