Mounties say Mike Duffy stayed at hotels when visiting P.E.I. during winter

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Sen. Mike Duffy arrives at the Senate on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 in this Guardian file photo.

Mike Duffy’s personal calendar shows he stayed at the Delta hotel and the Great George hotel during his Island stays.

The Mounties believe Sen. Mike Duffy spent the night in hotels instead of his cottage when he travelled to Prince Edward Island during the winter months, newly released court documents show.

The RCMP says Duffy spent 35 nights in Charlottetown hotels between 2009 and 2012 instead of staying at his declared primary residence in Cavendish.

Last week, lead investigator Cpl. Greg Horton asked for and received a search warrant for hotel records.

“I believe that those records will provide evidence of the named offences showing that Sen. Duffy stays in hotels when visiting P.E.I. during winter months, not his declared primary residence,” Horton says in the court document.

The RCMP says Duffy’s personal calendar shows he stayed at the Charlottetown hotel, the Delta hotel and the Great George hotel during his island stays.

Duffy’s assistant told Horton the senator’s cottage in Cavendish is not on the main highway and he preferred to stay in Charlottetown during winter storms.

“The house in Cavendish is snowed in,” the assistant told Horton.

“Also, when his visits are short (for the weekend or something) he prefers to stay closer to the airport to arrive on time.”

Horton says he reviewed Duffy’s calendar and credit-card statements and found the senator stayed in Charlottetown hotels at other times during the year.

“I believe that those records will provide evidence of the named offences showing that Sen. Duffy stays in hotels when visiting P.E.I. during winter months, not his declared primary residence,” Lead investigator Cpl. Greg Horton, in court document

“Sen. Duffy has collected almost $90,000 from the Senate, claiming his primary residence is a cottage that he does not live in for at least four months of each year,” says Horton.

“During the 16 winter months that I examined, consisting of 481 days, I could only identify 35 nights that he spent in P.E.I.”

Duffy, along with fellow former Conservatives Patrick Brazeau and Pamela Wallin, was suspended from the Senate in early November over expense claims.

Liberal Mac Harb resigned from the Senate in August after paying back $231,000 for ineligible housing and travel expenses.

Harb and Brazeau face criminal charges of fraud and breach of trust, while Duffy and Wallin have not been charged.

In April, RCMP officials said Nigel Wright, former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, would not face criminal charges in connection with the continuing Senate expenses scandal.

Wright resigned as Harper’s right-hand man after it was disclosed he wrote a personal cheque for $90,000 to Duffy to allow the disgraced former Conservative senator to repay disallowed housing expenses.




Organizations: RCMP, Charlottetown hotel, Delta hotel Great George hotel

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Cavendish

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  • fraudster
    June 06, 2014 - 12:16

    why bother to stay at home for free, when you can abuse public funds and live like royalty at two of the most expensive hotels in PEI?

  • Captain Canuck
    June 06, 2014 - 09:24

    Does anyone else see the irony with people reading this article only to complain about The Guardian running it. Huh? Anyone? Crickets...

  • townie22
    June 06, 2014 - 08:23

    sorry only the top 3 lead stories are on the tragic Moncton shooting, and not the whole newspaper for the CCPC spin doctors. i'm not sure what all the fuss is over, after all, we can "trust the old Duff" , (rolls eyes).

  • enough already
    June 06, 2014 - 08:05

    Mike Duffy was a fine Representative of P.E.I. until all the dirt digging . Who cares if he stayed in a hotel, don't they need business? How could anybody get into a home in Cavendish with the weather we have here?

    • News Reader
      June 06, 2014 - 09:22

      Well maybe he shouldn't have been collecting money for staying there if he couldn't live there 24/7/365 ..

    • Annyong
      June 06, 2014 - 09:52

      to 'enough already'... I care that he stayed in a hotel while on PEI. He claimed his Cavendish home as his 'primary' residence; claims he spent a lot of money making it winterized, and then stays in hotels in Ch'town when he's here. It was all lies to bilk taxpayers out of money because he's greedy and feels entitled. That's all there is to it.

    • Stan Hope
      June 06, 2014 - 09:56

      Exactly ... who can get to their "cottage " located down a dirt road in Cavendish in the middle of winter without a plow. So then why did Mr.Duffy claim this as his main residence or " home " if you wish on P.E.I. Naw you're right , why should I as a tax payer care if good Ole' Duff stays at a high end hotel & then tries to cover his tracks.Talk about your head in the sand ...or dirt in this case.

    • huh
      June 06, 2014 - 10:08

      ummm....because he said he lives here and claimed travel and living expenses while in Ottawa. There's only been, like, 500 stories on the subject. Not sure how you missed them.

    • don
      June 06, 2014 - 10:34

      what about ghiz and his liberals doing here on pei when they have meetings etc do you think they go home to eat?

    • voter
      June 06, 2014 - 18:51

      you ask "how could anybody get into a home in Cavendish with such weather " ANSWER --anyone who lived there could ,simply by making the necessary snow clearing arrangements !!! Duffy is a typical politician-- !!! HE WILL NOT BE CHARGED -HE'S ABOVE THE LAW

  • voter
    June 06, 2014 - 06:52

    duffy is typical of political life and politicians -- above the law , as well - he'll be sueing Canadian taxpayers just like mulroney or take sonmething like golf course trudeau

    June 06, 2014 - 02:41

    The ole Duff had it pretty good for a while . He will find a big difference between these hotels and prison life . He should have known all about Harpers tough on crime agenda .

  • Past hotel worker
    June 05, 2014 - 21:18

    I can confirm that he used to stay in Charlottetown hotels. Many of times...

  • Home From Away
    June 05, 2014 - 20:44

    I bet Duffy charged his meals to the taxpayers when he was on the island for these stays. Duffy's assistant states that the house is not on a main highway. The house is just off Highway #6, the main highway between Cavendish to North Rustico. All Duffy had to do was to employ someone to plow snow from the highway to the house. I know of farmers who live a 1/4 to 1/2 mile in off a main highway and they plow their laneway. I thought I had heard Duffy state that he spent a $100,000.00 to winterize the cottage so that he could stay there in the winter. The more Duffy talks, the deeper he gets himself in trouble

  • Lorna
    June 05, 2014 - 19:31

    Do You Think? Gee, other things more important right now, like the deaths of 3 Police Officers in Moncton, God Bless them & their families !

    • News Reader
      June 06, 2014 - 09:17

      +Lorna. The news still needs to be reported. For you to put forth the idea that nothing is more important than the news from Moncton is very shortsighted of you. AND, yes, Bless the loved ones and family of the officers slain in the line of duty.

  • Tony
    June 05, 2014 - 18:54

    Well, surprise, surprise. Mike turns out to be just another CFA, after all. And didn't that photo of the Duffy cottage that all the papers ran have nary a footprint nor the faintest sign of life in all the surrounding snow? Well, that leads to a very good joke, here it is: Q: What do Anne of Green Gables and Mike Duffy have in common? A: They both are fictional residents of Prince Edward Island.

    • Hey
      June 06, 2014 - 12:29

      The term CFA should be the equivalent of the N word on PEI. It is rather backward, none of us are natives to Canada except maybe the Indian culture. If Islanders can move, work and live elsewhere then so be it for others to do so here. Using that term is derogatory.

  • Fed up
    June 05, 2014 - 18:37

    Guardian probably won't print this....but YOU SHOULD BE ASHMED OF YOURSELVES PUTTING LIBERAL STORIES HERE with all the sadness in Moncton!! GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER AND SAVE THIS JUNK FOR ANOTHER TIME.....if ever!!

    • Okay, Fed Up
      June 05, 2014 - 21:11

      Fed Up? Think about it. It is the RCMP, not the Liberals who are suggesting Duffy's misdeeds.

  • Seriously!!!
    June 05, 2014 - 18:22

    Are you SERIOUS! With the news of the past 24 hours coming out of Moncton, who the HELL cares where Mike Duffy stayed, who paid for those stays, whatever! We have received a glimpse of how fleeting life really is in the past 24 hours, and I for one could care less at this moment about Mike Duffy. At the same time, I am not condoning his actions right now just doesn't seem like the time or place for this type of story.

    • huh
      June 05, 2014 - 20:45

      so the newspaper should carry the Moncton shooting story and nothing else?? And its a Liberal story? Where do you people come from....

    • Clowns
      June 05, 2014 - 20:49

      You conservative shills are disgusting. A news site is not going to shut down because of a single event. You people should hang your heads in shame for using the tragedy to try an protect duffy. You are no better than the shooter.

    • Are you joking .
      June 05, 2014 - 21:44

      Quote, I for one could care less at this moment about Mike Duffy,....... But I'm reading the article about him, LOL.

  • Craig
    June 05, 2014 - 18:11

    With the price of oil he could not afford to heat the cottage in cavendish! Keep digging hope he spends the rest of his time hear in jail! By the way duff we pay the bills there to!