Mike Duffy "may have made a mistake" claiming housing allowance, embattled senator says

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Mike Duffy

Embattled Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy says he “may have made a mistake” when he claimed a housing allowance that he now says he plans to pay back.

Duffy showed up Friday at the CBC’s studios in Charlottetown, where he promptly admitted in an interview that he erred in filling out the claim form and was wrong to claim the allowance.

He said both the forms and the rules that govern them are vague and confusing.

“Until the rules are clear — and they’re not clear now; the forms are not clear and I hope the Senate will redo the forms to make them clear — I will not claim a housing allowance,” Duffy said.

“It’s become a major distraction, so my wife and I discussed it and we decided that in order to turn the page to put all of this behind us, we are going to voluntarily pay back my living expenses related to the house we have in Ottawa.”

Duffy said the controversy has nothing to do with his eligibility to represent the province of P.E.I. as a senator.

“I’m an island resident and I’m entitled to be a senator; I’ve met all of those requirements,” he said.

“The question really is one of accounting, how much time are you here, how much time are you there.”

Duffy is being audited along with fellow senators Pamela Wallin, Mac Harb and Patrick Brazeau following questions about their housing expense claims.

Duffy in particular has faced questions about $33,000 in living allowances he has claimed since 2010, despite also having a home in the Ottawa area. Critics have questioned whether his primary residence is indeed a cottage in Cavendish, as he has repeatedly stated.

Asked Friday about Duffy’s apparent mea culpa, Sen. Marjory LeBreton, the government leader in the Senate, would only say that the audit would get to the bottom of the controversy.

“We have committed to ensuring that all expenses are appropriate, that the rules governing expenses are appropriate and to report back to the public on these matters,” LeBreton said.

“It’s become a major distraction, so my wife and I discussed it and we decided that in order to turn the page to put all of this behind us, we are going to voluntarily pay back my living expenses related to the house we have in Ottawa,” Senator Mike Duffy

“Sen. Duffy maintains a residence in Prince Edward Island and has deep ties to the province.”

The Constitution requires senators to reside in the provinces they are appointed to represent.

Earlier this week, Duffy said he rents a home in Charlottetown during the winter — in addition to his house in Cavendish — so he can have quicker access to care in case of a medical emergency.

He said Canadians know him as an “honest man” who wouldn’t cheat on his expenses.

The Guardian attempted to talk to Duffy Friday. However, the P.E.I. senator refused an interview, saying he was too busy to talk to this newspaper following interviews at both CBC and CTV.

 

... More to come, full details in The Guardian Saturday.

 

Organizations: CBC

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Ottawa, Cavendish

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  • Duffman Says A Lot of Things
    February 25, 2013 - 07:22

    I wonder how many folks in jail would like to say, "I'm sorry, I made a mistake....here's the money back" and have all be forgiven?

  • BCfromBC
    February 24, 2013 - 14:55

    He may have made a mistake? Even if we were to buy his logic the first year he signed and swore his oath on these documents, I cannot believe that after 4 years of signing these same documents he could still be confused. The majority of the other senators have had no problems reading and understanding these same documents, yet Mike year after year apparently misunderstood them. He should have to pay back from 2009 when he first became a senator not just the last 2 years. Harper must have known he was not qualified under the constitution stating very clearly that he must be a resident of PEI in order to qualify as a senator.

  • to whom should our wrath be directed?
    February 24, 2013 - 10:42

    I was a senor "official" managing many people - in government - for many years. If anyone was exposed doing what Mr. Duffy is accused of doing, I would have been forced to fire that person. If I didn't, it would have been me that was more in the wrong than the person doing the misdeed. So, while Duffy may be in the wrong, to whom should our wrath really be directed? And let's not forget, as tax payers, if we allow this to go without remedy then the bad is on us too . . .

  • A
    February 23, 2013 - 20:09

    IBC....you made good points! My husband was sent by ambulance to Saint John. He underwent quadruple bypass. He was sent home in our car a week post surgery..4 hours in an unpredictable winter, seat belt across his red heart pillow Stopping by the side of the road or at gas stations every 40 mins so he could comply with Drs orders to stretch his legs and move about. I consider this ride home brutal and risky..I was told at QEH before he went to Saint John that they will send him over by ambulance to Saint John but he needs to find his own way home! Are we sending home empty ambulances from Saint John once they deliver a patient. Why not pick up a discharged Islander , if even for a nominal fee and bring them home? Apparently hotel stay costs, etc are your own problem as far as I can tell. So is deciphering an unfamiliar city, transit, etc Top that with incredible stress its enough to make anyone cry . To hear MR DUFFY and his lament of 6 doctors and being in the city for heart health care makes me cringe a little. There does appear to be different rules and bonuses for politicians. Many more Islanders are having to be referred out of province and may encounter the same. Treat everyone the same. Get rid of the class system that affects many in power. 33,000 would do a lot to help in health care alone.

  • Just saying
    February 23, 2013 - 16:17

    So, besides the fact that he is not a PEI resident and never should have be appointed to be 'set for life' ; if it is sooooooooooooo difficult for Duffy to understand housing allowance paperwork, how could he possibly understand real issues in the senate? Does HE really think Islanders and Canadians are that stupid. What an embarrassment to every Islander. Resign already.

  • Don
    February 23, 2013 - 15:41

    The right thing to do would be for Mr. Duffy to resign his seat on the senate, not just the repayment of monies he received . I do not take Mr. Duffy for a stupid man and this form he filled out seems simple asking if he was residing outside Ottawa and there for would be entitled to a housing allowance. With the senate and government in general full of lawyers , I am sure any one of them could have helped him with explaining what a primary residence means and those in Cavendish P.E.I. having not seen him in years and his attempt to obtain a healthcare card in P.E.I. is additional proof he was trying to hide this fraud , hence he knew full well what he was doing. Mr. Duffy has to resign , there is no other way around this.

  • MFH
    February 23, 2013 - 15:12

    Mr. Duffy needs to realize that most people consider the Senate as a useless organization that exists solely for the purpose of favouring " political pals ". He hasn't done much to enhance or improve the reputation. Lying and cheating won't help.

  • Buster
    February 23, 2013 - 13:54

    Duffy's appointment to the Senate was an ill conceived ideas from the PMO. First and foremost, while Duffy considers himself to be an Islander the fact of the matter remains he is not and has not bee since 1972. His primary residence has been Ottawa where he held court at Mama Theresa's for years. If Harper wanted to appoint his as a Senator for Ottawa, well and good. He is not a Senator from PEI but rather Ottawa's senator to PEI. To clarify this matter an election should be held here on the Island to select our representative, surely there would be several qualified people interested but alas the Duff would not qualify. The appearances these days are prophetic and pathetic.

  • grampie
    February 23, 2013 - 13:47

    As far as Duffy is concern, the only mistake here is he got caught. It's too bad the Senate doesn't do it's job and turf this embarassment to Islanders out of the Senate. That is what he deserves for being STUPID enough to claim these false expenses.

  • And Furthermore
    February 23, 2013 - 13:17

    Exactly what was the criteria that supported Duffy's appointment to the senate in the first place?????

  • Just Disgusted
    February 23, 2013 - 13:12

    I'm absolutely disgusted with the goings-on by Duffy, Harper, Shea and the rest of the Tories. If this is democracy, we're in big trouble. We keep paying taxes so these upity-ups can live their lushious lives. They have no idea how common folk live. Guess what, what goes around comes around someday. Shame on you all!

  • former islander
    February 23, 2013 - 11:53

    The one question Sen Duffy has not yet adequately answered is: "If your doctors have advised you not to change your health care arrangements, why are you now seeking a PEI health care card ? Answer please, Senator!

  • Gerry
    February 23, 2013 - 11:18

    Truly amazing how one's mindset works. As a journalist, Mr. Duffy didn't hesitate to scrutinize everything and everyone. Obviously, he has a smug attitude but definitely lacks comprehension. Now that he's in the hotseat, aside from the thousands of dollars he has bilked out of taxpayers, he also claims ignorance, or is it illiteracy? Either way, he got caught, therefore, taxpayers want justice. Time to look for "adult work" Mr. D.

  • Ann
    February 23, 2013 - 11:12

    Good grief. A man of his education can't figure out an expense form - nor can he ask anyone in PEI or Ottawa to help him.! Totally another lie! How is he to be expected to be doing Senate work (whatever that may be). It's time to help him reduce his stress of meetings, forms, travel, home(s) maintenance. The best way of achieving this for poor Mike is to remove him from the Senate now.

  • Keith
    February 23, 2013 - 10:57

    In an interview on CTV last evening Mr. Duffy stated his team of Ottawa doctors advised him not to change his health care plan and he has taken their advise. I would like to see the media ask the question why did he then apply for a PEI health card and then ask to have the application fast tracked? The true answer is deceitful. I would also like to see media ask the question why would a resident of PEI expect the people of Ontario pay for his costly team of six doctors ? Is Mr. Duffy's answer that his treatment is better than the average Islander? Or he he really a resident of Ontario.

  • star
    February 23, 2013 - 10:44

    So he pretty much admits, his primary residence is not PEI, so I'm assuming, he does not, nor ever did qualify to be a senator. So will he be paying back his salary, for not meeting requirements, also, will he be fired. Seems simple to me, to figure out, you have to be a resident of the province your representing. I'll wait for further word!

  • Road Runner
    February 23, 2013 - 10:39

    Mike Duffy is no more an Island resident than I am, although I will always consider myself to be an "Islander" - born and raised. But I haven't been a resident of the Island for many years, as my military career has taken me across the country. Like Mr. Duffy I return to the red shores every year, but unlike his salary I can't afford both a home in Ontario and a cottage in Cavendish.

  • Dundas Sue
    February 23, 2013 - 10:24

    So the Canadian senate has no office staff to help a new senaator with the forms that are so confusing. I know a lot of unemployed Islanders who can read that could help.

  • IBC
    February 23, 2013 - 10:08

    Perhaps it is time for Mr. Duffy to recognize a deficiancy that affects Island families everyday. For appropriate Health care he feels it necassary to reside in Ottawa. While every day our Island families travel to other provinces for Health care with no choice about expenses or maintaining their homes, expenses.. Perhaps Mr. Duffy can recognize that Islanders need a voice when it comes to Health Care????

  • lilley
    February 23, 2013 - 10:01

    Gosh Mike, why didn't you have a "Learned Person" such as that other Pillar of HONESTY, Brian Mulroney, explain the "Vague Forms" for Senate membership? You may have avoided the '“may have made a mistake” when he claimed a housing allowance that he now says he plans to pay back", and taken the money in brown envelopes instead!! A wink for Mom.

  • Elsie
    February 23, 2013 - 09:51

    I love "Senator" Mike Duffy's creative writing and speaking. I have gathered from his stories that he came from PEI (birth) and still considers PEI his home. He bought a cute little cottage in Cavendish (when?) for the summertime. Nice. He rents a place in Charlottetown, but only in winter like hundreds of Islands do. (Actually most of the summer residents don't stay the winter, and Island residents who only own a cottage either house-sit for someone or go south themselves IF they have the kind of money Duff has). He has no faith in the PEI health system so he cunningly got and OHIP card so could get the Ontarian style health care. (Why isn't he getting the ea rof the PM about the lack of funds for health care in "his" province?) He is paying back the money he 'mistakenly' received for expenses for his secondary residence in Ottawa. (Real fairy tale he really thought the Senate and the people of PEI would beleive---shame on his arrogance in thinking we would believe a senator wouldn't be able to understand a government expense claim) As a lowly clerk in government may ocassionally have to file an expense claim for job related expenses has their work checked over before money is reimbursed, I have to ask why he got paid in the first place? I grew up learning about the Canadian system that required 'noble' men (and then women) could be appointed to the Senate because of their knowledge, their ability to dig deeper into law-related matters and have the sober second thought process lead to fairness and justice for all Canadians. Now I am thinking I have one more fairy tale to add to my collections. Imagine a man appointed to be the sober second thought on legislation that will affect the entire nation not understanding an expense claim. Not only did he take the money in th first place, he expected us to think he did it by mistake. How can he understand legislation if he can't fill out an expense claim? "Senator" Duffy should remove his foot from his mouth (he's had both of them in his mouth this month) and do the honourable thing...apologize to the people of Canada and even moreso to the people of PEI. (By the way, does he know his neighbours, what with PEI being a neighbourly place and all). Hypothetically, if he were charged with fraud and convicted, would he be given house arrest, like a lot of the Island residents who steal from thier employers are?

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    February 23, 2013 - 09:44

    HE SHOULD RESIGN. PERIOD. It is too little and it is too late. For goodness sakes, can no one else remember the way it used to be. If there was even a slight hint of possible impropriety the politician would resign because they did not to embarass or in any way taint the reputation or good standing of the office they held. Notice that I said "office they held" not "in power". Government officials hold public office to serve the people but most of them get "into power" to serve themselves. It is very sad.

  • fran
    February 23, 2013 - 09:24

    When Julie Van Dusen heard the comment from Mike Duffy that he and his wife decided to "voluntarily" pay back the taxpayer money fraudulently received for expenses she was quoted as saying: "Was his wife's name STEPHEN"? LOL - Right on Julie!!!!

  • herewegoagain
    February 23, 2013 - 09:23

    I don't usually buy into conspiracy theories, but if Herr Harper, in his hatred for anything decent about Canada, wanted to send sleeper cells to blow up the credibility of the Senate, he could have made no better appointments than the insipid Duffy, the big-oil representative Wallin, and that lunatic Brazeau. The intent of the Senate is to protect Canadians from rogue and incompetent and vile legislators, to protect all of us from the extremism, but Senators like Duffy (and Brazeau and Wallin, too) ARE the enemy. Each is far worse than merely dishournable.

  • Chucker
    February 23, 2013 - 09:09

    I note many posts here really hammering MIke Duffy and yes I am enjoying that like every rational, fair minded person should. But very few are pushing on to the key point and that is that the unelected Senate should be abolished. This leaves the impression that the unelected Senate is OK. Which it is, of course, NOT OK. I encourage posters to complete their messages and indicate clearly that they wish to abolish the Senate. We should not be leaving the impression that the Senate is fine and dandy except for a few bad apples. It is not OK to pay these unelected people, left overs from Conservative and Liberal appreciation circles, to have influence over our lives. By just attacking Duffy people leave the impression that Harpers other Senators are OK or that they agree with Montreal Liberals Trudeau and Dion that we should not talk reform or abolishing the Senate. We should not protect the Libs or the Cons on this one. Let us elect a government led by the NDP and move to ending this colonial chapter of our history. We do not need a House of Lords. Let us move decisively to democracy. The status quo is not good and we should not pretend that it is. Abolish the Senate!

  • AMAZED
    February 23, 2013 - 08:56

    Duffy made a mistake when he accepted the appointment as senator knowing he was not a resident.Everything after that reads like a marine on shore leave.The low point I beleive is when someone tied him to those three women crying foul play with PNP just two weeks before our last provicial election as reported by this paper.The Tories took a mamas boy and turned him into some kind of hockey goon.

  • Den
    February 23, 2013 - 08:52

    Just to set the record straight, if Duffy stole this money as a taxpayer and not a trough feeder on PEI, he would just get house arrest because he would be a white collar criminal. The problem lies at which house he would have to serve his weekends, the cottage in Cavendish or the rental in Charlottetown.

  • voter
    February 23, 2013 - 08:50

    how dare any of you low class peons suggest that the same rules that apply to you should apply to this HIGH CLASS CANADIAN --be aware that all corrupt lawyers, judges and politicians will not allow the average working class and unemployed people they control to hold this EXCEPTIONAL STATESMAN TO SUCH ORDINARY STANDARDS REMEMBER :::::::::::::higher class politicians ,lawyers,as well as their friends families and suckholes are above the law

  • voter
    February 23, 2013 - 08:38

    he will get his way --he will be helped by all the corrupt people in Canada -----------------judges ,lawyers, politicians ,will pull all the strings they can to make sure this extra important HIGH CLASS CANADIAN is not treated like an ordinary Canadian low class PEON he lowered himself to present a fake apology( one that he says he does not really owe to anyone ) and that is all he will be required to do

  • Get rid of the Senate
    February 23, 2013 - 08:08

    I couldn't care less what party he belongs to. This is about a guy who was never elected by anybody to anything, clearly does not live in the province that he claims to represent, is pulling in a big fat salary at taxpayers' expense and has been caught trying to milk the public purse for more $$. If our wonderful PM who appointed him in the first place had a shred of decency he'd fire him. If he were Joe Blow down the street caught dipping in to his employer's earnings, he'd be up before the courts. Get rid of Duffy. Get rid of the Senate.

  • Amazed
    February 23, 2013 - 07:42

    So he's blaming it on the "forms" for filing a fraudulent claim.....WHAT.... this guy is a Canadian Senator and he can't figure out how to fill out a form. Strange since most everyone else in the Senate have figured it out...Sorry Duffy but is that the best excuse you could come up with....

  • Richard NickSome
    February 23, 2013 - 07:42

    "I am not a crook"........gee............I think I heard that somewhere before??? Will the helicopter be on the Senate lawn to remove him when he finally resigns??

  • Pity the Duffy's of this world . . .
    February 23, 2013 - 07:15

    It would appear that Senator Duffy would rather wallow in self-righteous indignation and petty deceits than be truthful. Perhaps after years of seeing how apathy enables things like PNP and Plan B to exist he figured he'd just dance with the puppets. Who knows? The fact is that even the Duffy's of this world see their reflection every now and again. And wouldn't what they glance at sort of make yer skin crawl?

  • THINK THINK THINK
    February 23, 2013 - 07:06

    He said both the forms and the rules that govern them are vague and confusing. Have you seen the income tax return? Very vague and very confusing. I'll be able to use that excuse when I don't report my income and get audited. I'm sure that excuse will fly just fine. Thanks, Mike.

  • Corin McFadden
    February 23, 2013 - 06:56

    Perhaps Mike Duffy can explain who's responsibility it is to understand the law? Perhaps Mike Duffy can explain what his responsibility is as a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament? Who do you think you are fooling, Mike Duffy? You are bankrupt in the bank of public trust. Zero balance. To repeated claim that Canadians know that you would never do something dishonest as the sole defense to fraud, carries no water. I am a Canadian and a resident of PEI and Charlottetown, and I know no such thing. Resign!

  • Peter
    February 23, 2013 - 04:54

    While I think "Senate Reform" is necessary, I don't believe the Senate should be abolished. Quite the opposite, I think the so-called "Chamber of Sober Second Thought" should be just that, a "Chamber of Sober Second Thought", not a "Rubber Stamp what the PM wants group of Political Buddies". That being said, This is what I'd like to see: 1. Same number of Senators, lower pay scale, in the neighbourhood of 75 to 80 K dollars per year with "reasonable" expenses for travel and living expenses while in Ottawa, including a "per diem" rate for meals. 2. One Senator from each Province and Territory appointed by the Prime Minister. 3. Remaining Senators appointed by respective Premiers, in conjunction with the Provincial Electorate's wishes. 4. Senate appointment expires when "appointing" Premier is replaced (for any reason). 5. Premiers take direction from Electorate, including, but not limited to a Provincial Senate "Election" or "Referendum" or "Plebicite" 6. Appointed Senator's term may be extended by "Incoming" Premier at the electorate's perogative. The benefits? 1. Senators "effectively" elected by the Province they represent. 2. Premier has power, obligation, and responsibilty to remove Senators whose behaviour warrants removal, and failure to do so could/would very well result in Premier being "un-elected", as a Senator's behaviour is a reflection on the appointing Premier. 3. Senate would be Efficient, Effective, Equal, and (indirectly) Elected. 4. Duffy would probably already be "gone" 5. Unpopular, damaging legislation (such as present EI rules), and General "Waste" would be drastically reduced. 6. PM's (past, present and future) would be required to "answer" to the Senate, in a system of checks and balances, rather than a "Rubber Stamp Club" that, as it stands now, can be manipulated by Prime Ministers. Just my thoughts.

  • Pondering
    February 23, 2013 - 02:34

    Someone on a national news program said if Duffy had his heart operation in Ontario , while claiming to being a PEI resident ,he might have to pay back more than a smaller 33,000 something figure. He would be possibly in debt to Ontario for the heart operation costs, etc.

  • Sick'n'Tired
    February 23, 2013 - 00:25

    I am a little confused! Everyone keeps talking about Duffy "representing" PEI in the Senate. The fact is he is actually "misrepresenting" PEI in the Senate.

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    February 22, 2013 - 23:26

    I hate the pnp

  • David
    February 22, 2013 - 23:19

    So lets me get this straight...Mike Duffy has went from committing Fraud to being Liar and now he wants us all oto believe he is stupid and can not fill out a form properly. Does he think islanders and Canadians are this stupid? He makes it clear he is entitled to the money but he will pay it back to just be a good guy...right! Duffy is doing whatever he has to avoid being kicked out of the Senate and losing his spot at the trough. I am quite sure Duffy received a call from the PMO today as was clearly told to stop this fiasco or he would be out. Well I don't think Duffy has managed to stop anything and has only managed to make himself and the Prime Minister look very stupid.

  • Donnie
    February 22, 2013 - 22:29

    @Don, no, he's not an Islander if he doesn't live here, just another corrupt Tory! They have plenty! Go appoint another party drone to the position!

    • Angela
      February 23, 2013 - 11:48

      Duffy IS an Islander, but NOT a resident. What is the confusion here. By NOT being a resident he can't be a senator from this province. But he will be an Islander till the day he dies and then some.....

  • observer
    February 22, 2013 - 21:52

    Boy the Liberals and Socialists are hungry tonight.......

    • intobed
      February 22, 2013 - 22:37

      And you support Mike Duffy? So what do you cheat on? Taxes maybe?

    • What the heck?
      February 23, 2013 - 07:23

      Are you implying that only a liberal socialist left wing pinko might object to Senator Duffy's actions? If so, what does that say about the Conservative position?

  • UPWESTER
    February 22, 2013 - 21:41

    “Sen. Duffy maintains a residence in Prince Edward Island and has deep ties to the province.”..So does Dion Phaneuf,Doug Maclean and a host of others,but none of them claim to be an Island resident. The truth is usually more than an interpretation. Moralityy should come into play here. Most Islanders had no trouble interpreting what constituted an Island resident, why did Duffy? He just wanted to feed at the trough and got caught. He should apologize, repay and resign. That would be the honourable thing to do, but, oh well. Can he still say he is an honest man?

  • Bob Macdonald
    February 22, 2013 - 21:01

    I just want to say there are some really great comments here. it's too bad we didn't have an option to vote them up or down and see what people really think.

  • A member of the audience . . .
    February 22, 2013 - 20:58

    Duff's statements reflect the degree of respect he has for his audience. How stupid we must be in his world!

  • An Islander
    February 22, 2013 - 20:57

    If he is an Islander (which he claims) why is he charged non-resident taxes on the cottage in Cavendish? Why doesn't he have a PEI health card? Why the push to get one just before this whole thing blew up if he needs to keep the bevy of Doctors he has in Ontario - what a crock. Now that he says he will pay back the money which he fraudulently took, the next step is to resign as he is definitely not qualified to represent our province in the senate.

  • Abolish Duffy and the Entire Senate
    February 22, 2013 - 20:53

    Cancelled cheques or credit card statements and receipts will prove if you actually rented a unit at the Inn on Great George in Charlottetown. Dates will confirm all this, Duff!, and I bet you are trying to worm yourself out of this. This will wipe out two Conservativevotes in the next election and we will certainly not be voting Tory on PEI. I think you should resign from the senate and the Harper government should put a motion through to abolish the senate. The money spent on the Senate is a waste and would be better put to job creation than trying to hire 50 workers to go after the peole on unemployment with intimidation and fear tactics that Harper is so use to in his control freak leadership of Canada.

    • goodbye duffy and the harper-cons
      February 22, 2013 - 21:11

      well said abolish-duffy-and-the-entire-senate! but don't hold your breath waiting for the Harper-cons to stop wasting our tax dollars on pork-barrels- please get active and help the NDP get elected!

    • Judy Misener
      February 23, 2013 - 08:59

      I totally agree.....abolish the Senate!!!!!!! Also, I am insulted that our Prime Minister thinks there is not one qualified Islander to do this job. Lets see what the qualifications are......honesty, integrity, responsibility, role model, ability to read and complete forms, oh yes, and reside in the province......Where does that leave us, I guess we are all dog meat.........I would bet there are at least 110,000 or more Islanders who could do the job better than Mike Duffy. Enough of these insults from Ottawa, lets make our opinions known!!!!!

  • Anne
    February 22, 2013 - 20:42

    About the only thing that is truly islander about Mr. Duffy is his potato head, too bad there was not more in it. He should be run to the bridge, for even trying to call himself an Islander any more. Since he seems to like the weather here in the Summer time, perhaps he and his wife could consider returning as visitors when the warmer weather hits, as he is now much more of a tourist that visits this fair isle, than anything else. My parting words will be that of Mr. Duffy said to reporters recently, go and get yourself a grown up job, or something to that effect! Your should be a shamed to even try to pass yourself of as an Islander any more!

  • My Opinion
    February 22, 2013 - 20:39

    There is something seriously wrong with this whole picture....Mike Duffy is digging a hole deeper for himself. He claims to have made a mistake in " claiming housing allowance." He is not a resident of our province, when he doesn't have a health card for P.E.I.. pays double taxes for his cottage in Cavendish, and owns a home in Kanata, files his income tax from Ontario, and no doubt casts his votes there too, what does this all add up to.........lying and cheating, and a " farce." He will have to pay the piper, and in more ways than one. He needs to be sacked and charged, just like any other person who makes a false claim. Stephen Harper has a job to do, and it's in his own back yard. The public is watching very closely.

  • Not Don
    February 22, 2013 - 20:38

    But Don, yes they spent plenty but not fraudulently, and best of all, we have the opportunity to vote them in or out..Get it? VOTE See we have a choice! but not with this bozoo.,

  • don
    February 22, 2013 - 20:38

    ISLAND BOY. i DO NOT WANT EASTER OR LAURANCE represent ME IN OTTAWA SO LETS TELL THEM TO GET OUT. hell one of them lied also but i do not see you bitching about that.and this person has been in Ottawa longer then my great great grandfather has been dead.

  • Islander
    February 22, 2013 - 20:36

    Mr. Duffy did say that someone was going to be very embarrassed when the truth came out...he was right. Duffy needs to go.

  • Noman
    February 22, 2013 - 20:32

    OH NO NO no Duffy, it's not that easy!! Remember how the media "were going to be embrarrassed" just this week? Remember how they were told to do adult work"? Remember how it was all going to be cleared up so simply earlier this week"? Obviously you don't remember how you played the Island people, the Island media, the rest of the national media, for fools, and now...Oh I might have made a mistake.. Ya, like what address do I live at? Backpedal you weasel.

  • don
    February 22, 2013 - 20:31

    DONNIE. check your facts mike was born in the CAPITAL ch'town. so he is a spud islander. are you?

  • Buster of Bunbury
    February 22, 2013 - 20:28

    Duffy go home(s).

  • Paul Mustard
    February 22, 2013 - 20:19

    Mike looks like he is well fed

  • Donnie
    February 22, 2013 - 19:49

    Not an Islander so not a Senator! Appoint some other person or corrupt Tory lackey to the post! Gail Shea is available!

    • intobed
      February 22, 2013 - 22:32

      Donnie, I have several generations of relatives in the past here on the Island, and I was born and raised here. I have had to move away to get work, sometimes for many years. But I always considered myself an Islander, and always will. But there is a difference between being an Islander, and being a resident of PEI. Mike Duffy is an Islander who does not reside in PEI, and has not for decades.

  • Island Boy
    February 22, 2013 - 19:45

    DUFFY WHAT PART OF "RESIGN" DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND??? We Islanders DO NOT want you to represent us in The Senate>

  • marlowe blue
    February 22, 2013 - 19:28

    I would think that mr. duffy could get a loan from mrs. shea to help with travel expenses with the extra thirty pieces of silver she got today for abonding islanders on her e i vote.or rather lack of.they both represent islanders in the same fashion and perhaps could travel together as a couple to keep expenses down

  • James Macgoo Lakeside
    February 22, 2013 - 19:20

    I can appluad the decision but not the reasons put forth for making it. Fortunately, the outcry from PEI appears to have had an effect. The decision to repay the monies seems based on the fear of losing your position in the senate because you were caught. The "major distraction" Mr. Duffy would like to put behind him should be the excuses and baloney he was putting forth to justify his filings to receive and keep the funds. Mr. Duffy just can't admit he was wrong. His reasoning for repaying only further convinces me he can not be honest with the people of PEI. Honesty breeds trust. Without honesty and trust, I do not believe Mr.Duffy has the full interests of the people of PEI first and foremost. It's time to leave gracefully.

  • Keith
    February 22, 2013 - 19:13

    funny how most of Canada's senators were able to understand and obey the rules regarding housing and residency requirements

    • Bearded Barbie
      February 23, 2013 - 02:34

      "OR WERE THEY"?

  • Keith Mumma
    February 22, 2013 - 19:08

    funny how most of Canada's other senators were able to understand the rules regarding housing

  • Gaston Guimont
    February 22, 2013 - 19:06

    If Mr. Duffy finds the forms confusing, I wonder how competent he is to fulfill his duties as a Senator with all the complex situations and decisions facing the members of the Senate. !!!!!

    • HereRegardlessMan
      February 23, 2013 - 14:34

      Gaston, the red flag of failure should have went up when this sad response was given as a plausible excuse for breaching the public good. It is inevitable that Canadians are finally getting a good idea what the Senate is really there for, not as much for it's ability to provide a sober second thought ,as we would care, but likely more for it's questionable pasturing of contented partisan hay burners for being such noble beasts of burden. The problem is you can't see the horses for the asses; not that asses have no use, they do provide ample shade; it's just that they are freaking huge! The idea of an effective elected senate is probably a pipe dream in this country, yet the $427,000,000 dollars we are paying to shore it up isn't, it's very real. If we can't make the Senate work then we should scrap the damn thing. Senator Puff n' Duff is just a symptom of the huge pork-barrel that rolls around each province gathering up as many politically larded souls it can manage to carry to Ottawa for their wonky just desserts and plops them down in front of a publicly funded trough. Soo Wee! Scrapping the Senate would be healthier for us and ultimately for those in the Senate,(I do care, really) a sort of 'Wean to Lean' program. Maybe not initially satisfying, but the alternative is a chain reaction of exploding senators, starting with Mr. Duffy, Boom! Pamela Wallin, Splat! Patrick Brazeau, Slotch!...Mac Harb!?... Will you come out unscathed Mac and end the ripe sounds of exploding gravy packs or will you too meet an untimely public revelation? King Harpo should really look this gift horse in the mouth and see the opportunity at hand. Axe the Senate and put close to a half billion dollars towards the deficit. Win frigging Win!...Now let's clear up and free up trade between the provinces... hmmm?!

  • The Layabout
    February 22, 2013 - 18:58

    From the report... "He said both the forms and the rules that govern them are vague and confusing. “Until the rules are clear — and they’re not clear now; the forms are not clear and I hope the Senate will redo the forms to make them clear — I will not claim a housing allowance,” Duffy said." Paying back some housing allowance doesn't cut it !! The residency issue seems pretty clear to ordinary people across Canada. If something as simple as that is confusing to our "tiny perfect Senator" is this the man we want voting on issues of great importance to our country ? I sure don't..... To the best of my knowledge Mikey still hasn't come clean and won't be able to . Just where is the mystery winter residence that he supposedly occupies 184 days a year(to be fair...minus the time spent at the cottage ) ? Has anyone in 'Town seen him putting out the garbage on a cold winter's nite? I bet, not ever ! I think it's time for the Guardian to start a "Find Mikey "contest...maybe the prize could be a week of spotting Senate pigs in Ottawa (or Kanata)and a cheap,subsidized lunch at the Parlimentary cafeteria / trough ? My feeling ? This will all go away and nothing will change.Mike will keep his cushy job and eventually get his golden pension . As citizens ,what is our only recourse ? Shunning !

  • Dennis
    February 22, 2013 - 18:33

    If this were someone not in politics but just a regular Joe he now would be charged with fraud. This kind of fraud often goes unpunished in poltics as if the law doesn't apply. Frustrating for us tax payers who pay their lush salaries.

    • Dave
      February 23, 2013 - 16:05

      This Senate should have been abolished long ago because the plain truth is that we as taxpayers cannot afford this kind of luxury anymore. Smaller government not bloated government and appointees to the senate that no taxpayer gets to elect in the first place. In the case of Mike Duffy it is quite clear he knowingly misrepresented his primary residence to obtain money under false pretenses , hence he committed a fraud. More importantly he actually is not eligible to be a senator since he does not live in Cavendish P.E.I. but simply owns a cottage there.

  • Tracey Campbell
    February 22, 2013 - 18:31

    Perhaps you should have sought clarification if you were unsure! What a joke!

  • an opinion
    February 22, 2013 - 18:29

    If he cannot read a government form and understand it, and he is a senator working right in Ottawa, then what the H -E- double hockey sticks do you expect the average citizen to be able to read and understand from government bureaucracy? Furthermore, many SICK I slanders do not have one doctor , let alone the 6 he is telling us he sees. Obviously there remains a different set of rules and lifestyles for politicians.

    • ELECTRICALENGINER
      February 22, 2013 - 21:49

      What did the president of UPEI say 2 weeks ago? 50% of Islanders can't function at high school level nor fill an application out for emplyment. Duffy must be in that 50%.

  • Yea
    February 22, 2013 - 18:27

    Is this it ? is this justice ? Fraud has been done here with taxpayers money & someone should pay . If this was private citizen , they would be charged & get jail time . Are we now accepting two set's of laws , one for the ritch & far worse for the smaller taxpayer . This was not a mistake until he got caught . Shame-Shame on this country if this is allowed to be covered over .

  • bitter islander
    February 22, 2013 - 18:23

    the heat is on so time to back pedal eh duff ... and you lie you do not rent a place in town flight information will show you spend all your time in ottowa so you might as well step down now and don't try to say you drive back and forth lol

    • PEI EYED...
      February 23, 2013 - 02:26

      FYI...Our nations capital is spelled "Ottawa", not ottowa!

    • to PEI EYED
      February 24, 2013 - 08:12

      PEI EYED? While casting stones on another's error, you'll notice that, along with two other grammatical mistakes, you omitted the possessive in your statement. Perhaps Mike Duffy's literacy problem reading forms is more systemic that we originally imagined?

  • don
    February 22, 2013 - 18:18

    That’s our money they spent in 2009-2010. Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay was close behind at $474,838.95, followed by Charlottetown MP Shawn Murphy at $411,134.29 and Egmont MP Gail Shea at $360,081.55. Malpeque MP Wayne Easter spent the most with $494,908.54 going to employee salaries, travel, hospitality and events, advertising, printing and office expenses. Before you start crying about mike look at the liberals and Wayne Easter has been in Ottawa many more years then mike and he was caught. Check out this link before you hang a person. Gee how the liberals forget their screw ups and hit a new comer. http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/News/Politics/2011-04-25/article-2452502/Easter-runs-afoul-of-House-of-Commons-rules-governing-MP-expenses/1 and I think he may have lied about a few things like owning a property but did you hear any liberals whining about what he did? So as they say clean out your own closets first before you go after another.

    • chris
      February 22, 2013 - 20:20

      Don, the article is about Mr. Duffy and therefor the comment will be about Mr. Duffy.

  • Jim Jimmerson
    February 22, 2013 - 18:12

    That still doesn't make you a PEIslander, Mr. Duffy. So no health card or you either.

    • Al
      February 23, 2013 - 07:50

      Who would want a pei Heath card when you can have a ont. card?

  • Hahaha
    February 22, 2013 - 18:06

    This Islander / Canadian does not believe Mike Duffy is an honest man...and does not believe a single word that comes out of his mouth !!

  • John Getson
    February 22, 2013 - 18:04

    " PEI Senator Duffy says that he may have made "an error" in filling out the forms as to his primary residence... Blamed the whole "little mix-up" on the way the residence criteria form was designed... and he pays the double property tax because the province needs the money... Also he will be "voluntarily" paying back the housing allowance for the house in Kanata. ...if he is willing to pay the property tax because the Island 'needs the money" then he should be more than happy to pay income tax to PEI. Claimed that he is not required to spend "any specific amount of time" in the province that he represents because it doesn't specify a minimum amount in the constitution... So is the senatorial qualification simply based on property ownership? or on the birth lottery? Watch for stress leave and an EI claim... Harper will be more than happy to have Findley put him on the "do not visit ' list. But trying to figure out where he'd look for a job (Ottawa or Charlottetown) would be even more stressful... considering he spends so much time commuting between PEI and Ottawa for work??... would that change his commute to be within a 1 hr flight? "

  • Tom Paine
    February 22, 2013 - 17:51

    look, questions about residence should have been handled when he was appointed. (Scrambled to find a PEI address) I'm sure Duffy felt that the additional expense of maintaining an apartment in Charlottetown "entitled" him to his housing allowance. (That's how we rationalize stealing.) But where does he pay taxes? If not in PEI (and with an OHIP card, probably not), then he's not a resident and he filed a false declaration. If that's the case, charges should be laid. If he is a PEI resident (and pays taxes here), then paying back the housing allowance should be the end of it (legally if not politically)

  • Head Shaker
    February 22, 2013 - 17:51

    Still doesn't explain why hae doesn't have a PEI health card, pays taxes in Ontario and votes in Ontario.

  • CFA Taxpayer
    February 22, 2013 - 17:51

    Senator Duffy should be charged with fraud and treated like any other citizen of Canada...regardless of where they reside. If a senator can get away with this type of behaviour, why do we need a justice system, police, and prisons?

  • sharyn mitchell
    February 22, 2013 - 17:51

    Yea right! I say he is trying to cover his butt now.

  • Since I am not a senator
    February 22, 2013 - 17:46

    If I took $33,000+ dollars in expenses that were not valid, I would be accused of theft and I would be tried just the same as Conrad Black, Martha Stewart and others. You steal, you pay back if you can and you spend time for your crime.

  • Voluntold
    February 22, 2013 - 17:35

    How benevolent of him. Your not off the hook yet Mike.