UPDATE: P.E.I. considers Mike Duffy a "non-resident"

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P.E.I. Senator identified as non-resident owner of his Cavendish cottage and thus pays higher property taxes.

Conservative Senator Mike Duffy may call P.E.I. home, but P.E.I. considers him a non-resident.

Records obtained by The Guardian Tuesday from the provincial taxation and property division office show Duffy and his wife Heather are identified as non-resident owners of their Cavendish cottage and thus pay higher property taxes.

Prince Edward Island charges 50 per cent more in property taxes to owners who are not permanent residents of the Island.

In order to get the lower tax rate, one must reside in the province for 183 days consecutively.

The P.E.I. government does not currently offer Duffy the lower permanent resident rate and identifies him as a non-resident.

Malpeque MP Wayne Easter says this raises serious concerns about whether Duffy is meeting the Senate’s rules regarding senators' primary homes.

“If he’s paying the additional taxation, then it’s unlikely he’s meeting the residency requirements for senators,” Easter said.

“If you’re a resident of P.E.I., why would you pay double taxation? That needs to be checked out and hopefully the senate is checking that stuff out.”

Duffy has been in the spotlight in Ottawa over the last few months over questions that have been raised about his residency claims.


Senators are required to sign a declaration that says their primary residence is in the province they were appointed to represent.

Duffy claims his primary residence is a cottage he owns and renovated recently in Cavendish.

But Duffy lived and worked in Ottawa for years before his Senate appointment. He and his wife bought a house in Kanata five years before he was appointed to the Red Chamber.

That’s why questions have been raised over $33,000 he has claimed for living expenses in Ottawa since September 2010.

In Cavendish Tuesday, locals did not seem surprised questions about his residency have come up.

The lane on which his small beige cottage is located was not passable by vehicle, due to a snowstorm on Monday. But even though almost all secondary roads had been cleared by mid-day Tuesday, Duffy’s road – called Friendly Lane – was still hidden under 15 centimetres of snow. It did not appear anyone had tried to drive along the road since the snowfall.

Almost everyone The Guardian spoke with in Cavendish Tuesday said they have never seen Duffy in the area.

“We’ve never seen Mike Duffy, and he’s hard to miss,” said Morgan Eisenhaur.

He and his wife Debbie live year-round across a small field from the senator’s cottage.

They both said they believe Duffy should pay back the money he has claimed for living expenses in Ottawa, which they consider is his primary home.

“He should show some leadership on this, because he should know better,” Eisenhaur said.

Others in the area also said they have not seen the senator in the area, except at official municipal events or funding announcements.

When asked about his snow-covered lane, one resident said he did not remember seeing it plowed at all last winter.

“I bet you could put a surveillance camera on that lane and you wouldn’t see Mike Duffy coming or going through there,” another man said.

“If he’s paying the additional taxation, then it’s unlikely he’s meeting the residency requirements for senators,” Malpeque MP Wayne Easter

Information from the taxation office also notes Duffy pays only half the amount permanent residents pay in trash collecting fees. This smaller rate is known as the ‘cottage fee’ reserved for seasonal residents.

Duffy’s non-resident status could also affect his health card application.

On Monday, the issue of Duffy seeking a health card made national headlines when it was discovered an official with his office contacted P.E.I. Health Minister Doug Currie’s office looking for a fast-tracked health card.

Duffy needed it before Jan. 31 to present to the senate committee currently investigating all senators’ residency claims and expenses.

But Duffy may find it difficult to qualify for a P.E.I. health card. The provincial government website says a health card will be issued only to someone who “makes his or her home and is ordinarily present, on an annual basis, for at least six months plus a day in Prince Edward Island.”

Duffy did not respond to a request for comment on this story.





 Full coverage in the print edition of The Guardian tomorrow.



Organizations: The Guardian

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Ottawa, Kanata

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  • chris
    August 20, 2013 - 19:20

    The senate is a joke, all it is, is a place for a bunch of old pharts to get together and collect a paycheck, not once has anyone ever told the rest of us what the hell is it these so called senators do to earn all that money and how it benefits the rest of us. I also notice the number of people leaving as soon as something gets exposed. This government doesn't fool anyone. They are a bunch of crooks.

  • Dwayne Peardon
    May 24, 2013 - 13:47

    Can you live 183 days consecutively on Prince Edward Island and be an effective senator in Ottawa? If you live 183 days consecutively in Prince Edward Island then you will have a low attendance record as a senator in Ottawa; showing up roughly sixty percent of the time (And still collecting your full salary). And then you are subject to public complaint that you don’t show up for work. I’m not a Mike Duffy apologist I’m making the point that any future senators for Prince Edward Island will be in the same situation. The rules as they are written make it difficult to be successful in that situation. I suspect any future senator for Prince Edward Island will not claim Ottawa living expenses while their counterparts from provinces with more less stringent residency laws will claim expenses. Should Senator Duffy have stuck up his hand five years ago and said I’m going to be losing either way. Yes he should have. Did he, no. Is this a great learning opportunity, you bet. Will we learn anything from this?

  • Gillian Eastwood
    May 23, 2013 - 07:20

    No wonder it is such a serious matter for us to be behind in our taxes - politicians require these so as to pay their per diem expenses, among other goodies! I can certainly appreciate the necessity for citizens to abide by its country's expectations and rules but why is it that politicians are constantly not held to these same standards?! I think senators are not remotely required, or even useful, but are now in positions which have become totally redundant, as well as a severe drain on the economy! What poor excuses for human beings most are! Duffy ought to be sent to jail for a time, as would any common criminal.

  • Giliana Eastwood
    May 23, 2013 - 07:16

    No wonder it is such a serious matter for us to be behind in our taxes - politicians require these so as to pay their per diem expenses, among other goodies! I can certainly appreciate the necessity for citizens to abide by its country's expectations and rules but why is it that politicians are constantly not held to these same standards?! I think senators are not remotely required, or even useful, but are now in positions which have become totally redundant, as well as a severe drain on the economy! What poor excuses for human beings most are! Duffy ought to be sent to jail for a time, as would any common criminal.

  • Wouldnt one think
    February 08, 2013 - 10:41

    you may see smoke once in a while or a plowed driveway for an oil truck to get in if he is even heating his so called home?

  • GGM
    February 07, 2013 - 16:32

    This brings to mind a story from a few years back when a City Councillor collected millage from a job with the province to which he would have had to owned a feet of cars for the amount he was submitting, all he got was suspended from work with pay for a few weeks ( in other words a paid vacation) He should have been made resign from Council. & fired from his job, & I'm sure Mike Duffy will walk away as well. Laughing at all of us. That's just how easy it is for guys like that to get rich, while a good part of Islanders are wondering how they will be able to buy oil to keep warm this winter.. Get rid of all of them, If this was done by you or me, we'd be in jail by now...

  • From away
    February 07, 2013 - 14:30

    Duffy is defrauding the Canadian taxpayer. If I collected UI while holding a full time job they'd call the cops on me. How is this different? So much for Tory "get tough on crime".

  • Glad to be in Charlottetown riding
    February 07, 2013 - 11:39

    If Mike is a resides in Cavendish, then Wayne Easter would be his MP. I thought that you were supposed to be able to go to your MP for help with passports and such, Unfortunatly rather than helping a constituent it is more imnportant to get on tv and get some face time while stirring the pot a bit because said constituent didn't vote the right way.

  • siamdave
    February 07, 2013 - 08:19

    ??? Where is the writer living here, that she or he thinks 15 cm of snow, or more commonly known as 6 inches, makes a road on PEI 'impassable' ???? lol

  • Diane Chabot
    February 06, 2013 - 18:06

    Indeed the Senate should be abolished; I worked for one of them for 7 years and I know firsthand how they can waste taxpayers' dollars. Duffy, I hope you got the email I sent you yesterday about your health card. Shame on you. Hate to see my taxes go to such lazy individuals.

    • Mark
      February 07, 2013 - 00:16

      All I know is for the past week he's been in Pembroke at his mother-in-laws wake and funeral.

  • just moved back
    February 06, 2013 - 16:16

    Maybe the question to ask is what province did Mr Duffy put on his income tax form, maybe he should provide that information. I think the Ontario rate is lower.

    • Kanata, Ontario Resident
      February 15, 2013 - 00:15

      I am a Kanata, Ontario resident and, in my opinion, so is Senator Duffy. He is here more than anywhere else and I see him from time to time, woofing down pizza at a well known local pizza joint on Hazeldean Road. I can understand the reason Senator Duffy prefers an OHIP card to that of Prince Edward Island. First, he lives in Ontario.Secondly, many doctors refuse patients unless they have an Ontario health card because the fee schedule is lower from almost every other province and PEI has one of the lowest medical fee schedules in Canada which is the reason the province has difficulty attracting and retaining, their physicians.

  • Get rid of the Senate
    February 06, 2013 - 12:25

    If ever there was a poster boy for why we need to get rid of the total waste of space and money called a Senate, Duffy is it. Everyone knows he's not a resident of the island, he was elected by nobody, yet he spouts off on behalf of Harper and his cronies at every opportunity. The hypocrisy of all this is astounding. This guy is a front man for the same party that is supposedly against government waste. And another point: if this were the average guy making a misleading or false claim that had tax repercussions, how long do you think it would take CRA to nail him or her to the wall?

  • Belfast Guy
    February 06, 2013 - 12:06

    How could any Senator or Federal MP live in the province for 183 consecutive days, that would be a long absence from their respective duties. I think the Guardian reporter is thinking of the residency rules as it applies to snowbirds visiting the USA in the winter.

  • RightCoastLefty
    February 06, 2013 - 11:52

    Pigs at the trough.... Nothing more ,nothing less . If Mike wants the "job" (and the exorbitant salary ,benefits and golden pension)make him spend his six months on PEI....in the dead of winter !!

  • PJ
    February 06, 2013 - 11:41

    So, do ANY of the senators from PEI meet the 183 day requirement? Or is it only the Conservative Senator that the members of the media party bother to investigate?

      February 06, 2013 - 16:26

      None of the rest of them have owned a home in Ottawa for some 30 years.Duffy hasn't lived here in 30 years.

  • DaveC
    February 06, 2013 - 11:40

    Duffy, you greedy S.O.B. You risked your reputation for a few dollars and were caught with your hand in the cookie jar. It's no wonder Canadians hold such low regard those like you in public life. I hope you get what you deserve.

  • Mary
    February 06, 2013 - 11:36

    Harper ruthlessly attacks seasonal workers. He has no understanding of the Island labour market nor does Gail Shea ( Island MP). But yet, with the same stroke of a pen / Harper gives a patronage position to a greedy little gobbler of taxpayers’ dollars who is suppose to represent PEI but lives in Ontario. It’s scandalous, Duffy… just scandalous. Don’t you make enough money, Mr. Duffy without pretending to be an Islander so you can stuff your face at the political trough?

  • HedgeHog
    February 06, 2013 - 11:19

    Duff, You have long since proven you are a greedy buffoon. This is fraud. I would like to see Stephen Harper's response to your predicament.

  • dan
    February 06, 2013 - 11:09

    Where is Garth Staple''s opinion when you really need it? He must have mixed feelings. The Tories in trouble but then it is the guy that stole his senate seat that is causing it. Just like seeing your new car get run off a cliff but it is your mother-in-law that was driving!

  • Correction for HOME FROM AWAY
    February 06, 2013 - 10:45

    Just clarifying HOME FROM AWAY - the capital gain is 50% taxable, so $250k would be the gain, $125k would be taxable. Using a high income tax rate of around 40% for this example, the bill would be $50k. Not to take away from your argument because it's spot on, just wanted to correct the error!

  • POlitics
    February 06, 2013 - 10:40

    WHo cares .both Liberals and Tory's are doing it..abolish the senate......The headline should read PEI Liberal Govt and LIberal supporters say ..DUffy not living here..this is just pure politics.......

  • Joke of the Day
    February 06, 2013 - 10:22

    While watching Newsworld last night, I nearly fell off my couch from laughing. While doing the story about Duffy, they showed a clip of some senate leader who made a comment to the effect that: The people of PEI are privledged to be represented by Mike Duffy in the Senate. I would like to know what Mike Duffy has ever done to make us proud that he represents us in the Senate. All he ever does is go around promoting Harper's initiatives. Where is Duffy arguing against the Conservative's EI reforms that will hurt seasonal workers on PEI? The only thing that Mike Duffy represents in the Senate is the Conservatives. Let's abolish the Senate or make it elected positions with 4 year terms.

  • grampie
    February 06, 2013 - 09:30

    As someone else has stated, the Senate is a joke and should be abolished, at least in its present state. While there are some honest Senators, Senator Duffy is in it for all he can get, legally or not. As far as I can see he is not a resident of PEI and should be paying back what he has received for his house in Ottawa. At least he should show some honesty.

  • Larry from Ontario
    February 06, 2013 - 09:23

    How can Mr. Duffy represent your interests?....Do you not have somebody that is definitely an islander to be your representative.....the selection has to be from PEI so why put this guy from Ontario in there.

  • Malcolm Barry
    February 06, 2013 - 09:18

    Has it been confirmed or denied that the Senator paid for having snow removed from his driveway as a result of the previous snow storm?

  • SAP
    February 06, 2013 - 08:38

    These senators just burn through taxpayers money like it's their own. How did he rack up nearly $150 000 in expenses travelling back and for over the last 28 months? Was he taking a limo form Cavendish to Ottawa every week?

    • our money
      February 06, 2013 - 22:13

      I think if it was their own money the senators would look after it better - as it is, it's free money from our taxes that they're receiving.

  • SAP
    February 06, 2013 - 08:34

    Come on, give him a break, it's not as if he did something horrible like try to get the government to stop wasting our money on a road we can't afford and don't need. Then we'd see him punished.

  • SG
    February 06, 2013 - 08:32

    Abolish the Senate! Why do we need these Senators? For what Purpose? Why should they receive $5 figure living expense allowances while receiving a more than generous Salary, for what? What do they do? Many Islanders have had to move West to find employment. Yet Canadian tax payers who can't find employment due to lack of job opportunities are experiencing more stress due to recent changes to the EI System making it more difficult to qualify for the EI Program! What are the qualifications for Senators? Why does our Government need MP's and Senators? Senator's Salaries and living expenses would fund many essential Programs and Needs for our Canadian Population (ie: TAX PAYERS) ! What is the Tax Rate for our Senators?

  • darren
    February 06, 2013 - 08:18

    i hope this episode,of flagrant disregarde of the canadian tax payers money,is a first step in the aboloishing of the senate ,which is no longer needed.i really hope honest politicians and their constituents raise a big enough stink to get the senate gone..i mean for a politician ,an unelected one at that,who is supposed to lead by example ,to have done all of this shady business.especially in our current economic situation.when the rest of canadians are in times of restraint, watching their dollars ,he takes it upon himself to do these acts .shame on you mike duffy.this money for so called living expenses could have been properly used for much needed medicare or education or ei reform.iam sure this 33000.00 could have helped 2 or 3 island ei recipeints out for the winter months.i really beleive its time for you to resign mike duffy ,you put your own needs first,and you got caught.i really hope that enough pressure is raised where a criminal investigation occurs ,and your resignation comes quickly.i also hope enough other politicians raise enough stink and get their constituents behind them and make something happen over this ,to set an example.

  • Amazing
    February 06, 2013 - 07:57

    What amazes me is why anyone would think a crooked politician was news. I have always been under the impression that all politicians are crooked or training to be crooked. There is no doubt that Duffy is not a full-time resident of Prince Edward Island but whether he is a Liberal or a Conservative is irrelevant to anyone but a totally blind Liberal or Conservative. Stick to the facts and ignore which of these two disastrous political parties he represents because he certainly isn't qualified to represent Prince Edward Island.

    February 06, 2013 - 07:55

    If Mr. Duffy claims his cottage on Friendly Lane as his designated/permanent residence; that makes his house in Kanata subject to the Capital Gains Tax. So if while he is a Senator he decides to sell it, he will be looking at probably one hefty tax. For Example if he bought the house for $250,000.00 and sells it while he is still a Senator for lets say $500,000.00-----his Capital Gains is $250,000.00 and he will have to pay a tax of 50% on it which means the tax bill is $125,000.00 which is pretty close to the annual salary of a senator. Maybe the smart thing for Harper to do is appoint Duffy as a senator for Ontario when the next vacancy occurs in Ontario; and then apppoint a "real" Islander as a Senator who lives on the Island and knows the problems of the Island e.g Unemployment Insurance Issues, etc. Knowing our luck Harper would appoint Gail Shea as the Senator.

    • A Tax Accountant
      February 06, 2013 - 10:10

      Home From Away, you should learn the rules of the income Tax Act before posting such comments. The gain on a principal residence is exempt from tax but there is no requirement that the designated property be the main place where somebody lives, it can include a seasonal residence such as a cottage. Also, capital gains are only 50% taxable and if for simplicity the tax rate was 50% then only 25% of the gain is the amount of tax paid so in your example the taxes would be $62,500, not $125,000 as you state. By the way, Ontario has lower tax rates than PEI so Duffy is probably filing his tax return showing he was a resident of Ontario on December 31, 2011 - he will probably change it to PEI on his 2012 tax return.

    • Nature reveals truth too . . .
      February 06, 2013 - 10:54

      A turd stinks if you stir it, eh?

      February 06, 2013 - 16:33

      A TAX ACCOUNTANT--- You should also know that you can't pick and choose the province in which you file your tax return. It must be in the province of which you were domiciled or deemed to live as at Dec.31st. It looks as Duffy misses both.

  • TrueIslander
    February 06, 2013 - 07:36

    This is the first time I've ever seen Duffy so quiet. Usually he is front and centre spouting off all the wonderful things he and the Tories have done for PEI. However in this case he is wonderfully quiet....

  • Seriously
    February 06, 2013 - 07:12

    Why is this news? The senate is and always will be a joke. Are we seriously trying to imply that Mike Duffy is any more corrupt than the rest of the senate cronies? This "news story" is laughable.

  • Bob Macdonald
    February 06, 2013 - 06:47

    and this makes him different from other politicians in what way??? oink oink

  • Bob Macdonald
    February 06, 2013 - 06:37

    it would be interesting to see a picture of his temporary residence in Ottawa side by side with his permanent residence here. Come on Guardian lets see - you can do it.

  • Nirvana
    February 06, 2013 - 05:25

    Wayne Easter claimed expenses for a secondary residence he said he owned - he did not own the property - yet he stated he thought he was claiming it properly. How do you claim you own a property that you don't own ? Came to light in April 2011 - Wayne if you live in a glass house don't throw stones.

  • Nirvana
    February 06, 2013 - 04:37

    If 183 consecutive days of living on PeI is what qualifies as a resident, then we have a lot of Islanders claiming to be residents who ar not _ start with ALL of our MPs and ALL senators - then we have the Islanders working in the west who work for 3 weeks thn come home for a week - Does that mean PEI will take away their health cards and increase their property taxes? As to Mr. Duffy's lane not being plowed or home lived in during the winter, he is not alone many rural Islanders move into motels or apartments for the winter.

    • Marie
      February 06, 2013 - 09:38

      There's a bit of a difference when someone goes out west to work for money to keep their PEI home from being repossesed or to put food on the family table because there's no work on the Island. Having a fulltime job in Ottawa and USING THE SYSTEM to pay for your real permanent home AND your summer cottage is just another greedy politician using the guy who HAS to go west for work!!! NO comparison

  • lester
    February 05, 2013 - 23:19

    Just wondering what province he filed his income tax in for the last three years??????????????????

    • hollinm
      February 06, 2013 - 08:05

      If PEI is not his permanent residence then he needs to pay back the money he has been falsely claiming for his Ottawa residence.

  • David
    February 05, 2013 - 23:11

    He was caught with hand in the taxpayers cookie jar or taxpayers trough depending animal which you want to compare him to but either way he has been caught and should stand up and admit the truth and accept the penalties. Everey person including his own staff from PEI knows he is NOT nor has been a resident of PEI for many years. The fact he tried to claim expenses is very disgusting and shows a complete sense of entitlement and disrespect for islanders and canadians. He should pay the money back and admit he is NOT a island resident just a visitor here. This kind of behaviour makes the rest of the Senate look very very shady and sketchy.

    February 05, 2013 - 22:58

    Since being appointed to the Senate on January 26TH, 2009, I would like to know where Mr.Duffy has voted in the Federal Election of 2011, any Provincial Elections (Ontario and PEI), and any Municipal Elections (Kanata/Ottawa and Cavendish). If he claimed that his permanent residence was Cavendish PEI but voted in Ontario for the Federal election of 2011, the Ontario Provincial Election of 2011,and the Municipal elections of 2010...is this not a Fraudelent Act especially if he never voted on PEI. Don't forget there is another Conservative Senator (Patrick Brazeau) in the same boat. There is a Liberal Senator as well. I guess we will have to see what happens in the Senate. Of this reminds me of the shenanigans of certain city in Ontario with its Mayor and a City Councillor regarding their election expenses.

  • Nor'easter
    February 05, 2013 - 22:41

    Im' guessing DUFF doesnt even qualify to be a senator for PEI. I guess he got al his schooling from his croneys in the conservative capitol Harper capitol that is. Ya ALBERTA capitol of CANADA

  • bye the way
    February 05, 2013 - 22:03

    Nice to see ....the Guardian uncovering this Non-resident property taxes issue.The Media always reminded me of Tigers....when they are hungry...they have been known to eat their own.

  • Ron
    February 05, 2013 - 21:54

    Which Senators have their snouts deeper into the taxpayer's trough? Liberals or Conservatives - or are they equally arrogant, and "entitled"? Once again, the New Democrats are correct in calling for the abolition of the unelected, unaccountable, and undemocratic Senate.

  • Norton
    February 05, 2013 - 21:38

    Now if only we could get Stephen Harper deported...

  • Baconator
    February 05, 2013 - 21:23

    This is probably the biggest joke of any politician in the history of PEI/Ottawa ... the guy knows nothing, has done nothing to earn our representation. I say lets have a BBQ ... Duffy file your EI application, see if they can fast track it for you...they sure cant for most EI eligible applicants

  • Augustus
    February 05, 2013 - 21:22

    I'm confident that this province is very proud of 99% of Islanders who go away and make a name for themselves. Mike Duffy is that 1%. I really don't feel he lives up to the honesty and principles our residents are known for. Let him stay a senator, just don't let him represent me anymore!

    February 05, 2013 - 21:12

    Does Mike Duffy have his lane to the COTTAGE plowed. This would indicate his STATUS as a resident . I can recall when I lived in NB i HAD A nb hEALTH cARD AND PAID DOUBLE TAXES on my cottage . At least he is on the hook for the double taxes. Trying to pull the wool over our eyes. Stay in Ottawa, who needs you here.

  • Islanders
    February 05, 2013 - 21:01

    How did this confidential info get into the hands of the media? I thought that applications for health cards and the info on it were confidential information. Perhaps Health PEI's integrity should be questioned as well when the information they are supposed to protect are winding up in the hands of the media. I am more interested as to how that happened.

  • they are all doing it
    February 05, 2013 - 20:57

    I believe Wayne had to pay a few tousand bucks back last year over some questionable claims.... besides DUFFY their are some Liberal senators also doing the same thing..don't hear him yapping about them.......

    • Piet Hein
      February 05, 2013 - 23:03

      They Are All Doing It, then why don't you give us names, provinces they are representing and where they are living now. The reason Duffy is caught with his hand in the cookie jar is because he cannot prove that P.E.I is is primary home. If Easter is not complaining about Liberal senators it's because there are none under investigation like Duffy is. This is a Conservative controlled senate so don't you think they would be after any Liberal who did not have residency proof? If you can not name Liberals then don't make dumb statements like you just did here.

    • intobed
      February 06, 2013 - 13:02

      Piet Hein, Liberal Senator Mac Harb is also under investigation for expense claims. There are three senators that questions have been raised about, two Conservative and one Liberal.

    February 05, 2013 - 20:48

    I would be curious to know in whose name Duffy's Ottawa home is registered to! If it is registered in his, then he should no longer be a Senator. If it is registered in his wif'e's name; then the question is when did it become registered in hers; and if it was done recently...then you can see Duffy is trying to cover his rear end. It won't be hard to do. All it does is require a trip to the Province of Ontario's Land Registry Office in Ottawa, and you can get all the details of the ownership, etc. The other question is...which province does he tell Revenue Canada he is a resident of as of December 31ST every year. I am willing to move to Prince Edward Island and become a resident if Mr. Harper wants to appoint me a Senator of PEI. If Duffy has a Driver's Licence (I assume he has one), what province is it issued from----my guess is that it is from ONTARIO. Mr. Duffy----do us a favour and resign from your Senate seat.

  • From Montague
    February 05, 2013 - 20:46

    I feel Mike is the same thing as Al Roach in Montague-Roach has been MIA since the election-seems to be doing a good job of towing the line for Robert Ghiz though!

    • george larter
      February 05, 2013 - 23:34

      ! difference.Mr Roach got elected!!

    • mej
      February 06, 2013 - 08:34

      And at least Roach lives in the district, pays taxes in the district and works for the district. Not like Duffy at all!

  • Edward
    February 05, 2013 - 20:45

    Can you believe this guy taking a paycheck( and a huge one at that) to represent us and he doesn't even live here. Coming here to sun yourself for a few weeks a year doesn't exactly qualify him to have his finger on the pulse of our issues.I guess as a impartial reporter that he was suppose to be was a bit of a scam. We now know he was all BLUE all along.

  • hammike
    February 05, 2013 - 20:42

    Duffy should be charged with fraud.

  • Ray Mahar
    February 05, 2013 - 20:26

    As dispicable as Duffy appears to be. Easter is no better. I doubt if there ever has been a more obnoxious MP ever elected to Parliament from PEI. Thats how i see it anyway.

    • From here
      February 05, 2013 - 23:01

      So Mike Duffy can steal $10,000's per year based upon false documents... And all you can do is crap on Wayne Easter for calling Mike a fraud? Holley Crap... How many free tax dollars do you have?

    • You may be right
      February 05, 2013 - 23:08

      But not only has Mr. Easter been elected, he's been re-elected and re-elected and re-elected and re-elected and re-elected and re-elected and re-elected again. Perhaps Mr. Duffy will put his name on the ballot one day, but I sincerely doubt it.

  • Albert
    February 05, 2013 - 20:12

    It is bad enough that Islanders consider hard working Outsiders as COME FROM AWAYS, but now to turn on a man who has done more for PEI Than Ghiz and his cronies have ever done. Good Luck to a Fine Senator and a borne and bred Islander. Albert a certified Come From Away

    • whatever
      February 06, 2013 - 08:31

      While you might be a cfa, Duffy is not. Yes he was born and bred here, but he no longer lives here and is claiming he does in order to receive compensation for staying in Ontario (where his permanent residence is) and that is where the fraud investigation begins!! If you are a cfa who claims permanent residence in PEI, then you will be covered by PEI taxpayers. If not, why should we be responsible for someone who pays taxes in another province.

  • waldorf
    February 05, 2013 - 19:57


  • Jillie H
    February 05, 2013 - 19:34

    So, does this mean the Guardian can just get information on anyone at all? I don't care where Mike Duffy lives, or anything about any politician, but I am concerned that private information (who applies for a health card, who pays what property taxes) seems to be public information. Is this information being 'leaked"? If so, we have some serious issues (way more serious than where a politician lives or gets health care). Are there no privacy laws in this province?

    • BTW
      February 06, 2013 - 08:09

      Property records are public documents that can be accessed and viewed. Any documents that enter the courts are too (liens, loans, etc). I believe Mr Duffy's "office" opened the door to the Health Card issue when they requested special treatment for the senator. If he wanted it to be a confidential matter he would have dealt with it himself. I hope Mr Duffy is a PEI resident because then we could reasonably expect his personal income tax dollars to be contributing to the gov't services in PEI. For now, we will at least be benefiting from the property taxes he is paying and the Healthcare services he is not receiving at our expense.

  • unreal
    February 05, 2013 - 19:33

    I hope they through the book at him. This is out and out fraud. A disgrace! He should loose his senate seat. This all should have been dealt with and provide proof of residence before he was appointed. Summer resident only or he wouldn't have been paying double tax. I'm not a political person and this is one of the reasons why. Health card! What a joke. How he would even think someone would be that naive to issue him one. Obviously they'd just have to check on his OHIP and see what he's claiming as residency. Raise your hand and swear on the bible, I don't think he could do it. So if he's proven to be an Island resident will he get a refund on all the double taxes he's paid? Doubt it. We're not that stupid here on PEI but they obviously are in Ottawa.

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    February 05, 2013 - 19:17

    When I look at his picture the words "POMPOUS ASS" comes to mind.

  • Mike "The Bacon" fan...
    February 05, 2013 - 19:17

    Mabeye he'll get to experience the new Torie made EI rules. That would be karma at its best.. Ha Ha Ha

  • whatzat?
    February 05, 2013 - 19:16

    Does this mean he has to pay back all the living allowances plus his Senate salary as he can't be a senator here if he doesn't live here. I'm sure the PM will find an exclusion clause somewhere.

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    February 05, 2013 - 19:15

    He is bought and paid for just like all of the other "SENATORS". His appointment should never have been made. Whatever happened to politicians who resigned their position just over the possibility of impropriety or other deeds such as this. He is not an Islander, he's not even a good person.

  • Sickened Tory
    February 05, 2013 - 19:04

    Uh oh Mike got caught with his hand in the cookie jar again.. Shame on you Mikey, looks like "red" is not your colour...

  • Jarrod
    February 05, 2013 - 18:58

    This is ridiculous. I was born and raised in PEI. Then I moved to New Brunswick. While PEI will always be home, I no longer consider myself a resident. Mike Duffy - classic politician.

  • dg
    February 05, 2013 - 18:57

    as usual....any time you want to throw dirt at the Tories you just call up Wayne "windbag" Easter....

    February 05, 2013 - 18:56

    Somebody got caught with a hand in the cookie jar !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • redman
    February 05, 2013 - 18:55

    This big-headed arrogant,pompous drain on taxpayers money should be put out of the Senate and given a reality check. What an embarasment

    • What a joke?
      February 06, 2013 - 06:39

      Nice to see all of Canada's remaining members of the Once Great "Liberal" Party got out of bed to comment on this very important news!!! The Provincial and Federal Liberal Party is a joke...It is underfunded and leaking members to "any other party". Give it another five years and it will be but a faded memory...Yes sonny I remember the days when we could stiff the CFA's, the immigrants for millions and hand it around to our friends. Its hard to bully people and run your mafia style organisation when your party has no funding. So make your comments online but remember...YOU ARE NOW POWERLESS...and a joke