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Senator Mike Duffy speaks during the Maritime Energy Association's annual dinner in Halifax on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Duffy represents Prince Edward Island in the Senate but there is some controversy about his residency relating to housing allowances.
The Senate is seeking legal advice on Conservative Senator Mike Duffy’s residency in P.E.I. and has forwarded the expense and residency claims of Duffy and two other senators to an external auditor.
Senator David Tkachuk, chair of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, announced today in Ottawa the residency declarations and related expenses of Senators Duffy, Patrick Brazeau and Mac Harb will be sent to external auditors at Deloitte for review.
As part of this announcement, deputy chair Senator George Furey said the
Committee is also seeking legal advice on the question of Duffy’s residency.
Duffy could not immediately be reached for comment, but he did release a brief statement to media this morning.
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“As a Prince Edward Islander, born and bred, I am proud to represent my province and its interests in the Senate of Canada,” Duffy said in a widely distributed written statement.
“I represent taxpayers with care, and Canadians know I would never do anything to betray the public trust. I have a home in Prince Edward Island as required by law. I will have no further comment until this review is complete.”
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