Mike Duffy seems very good at claiming expenses:
OTTAWA—Sen. Mike Duffy claimed Senate expenses and per diems for a week in Ottawa when neither the Senate nor any of its committees sat, but during which Duffy got paid $5,000 for a speech to the publicly funded Ontario police services boards, the Star has learned.
The Ontario Association of Police Services Boards released to the Star its $5,000-contract with Mike Duffy Media Services Inc. that was booked through an agent.
Duffy was booked for an hour and a half to speak to about 300 people at the association’s annual general meeting at Ottawa’s Westin Hotel. He delivered a speech about government relations and how the civilian-led police services boards could deal with the federal government, say sources who attended.
Duffy was a replacement for hockey writer Roy MacGregor who had been booked through the National Speakers Bureau but could not attend the event, confirmed the association’s chair Eli El-Chantiry, head of Ottawa’s police services board. But it wasn’t a last-minute booking. The contract for the April 19, 2012 speech was dated March 5, 2012.
The speech was delivered at the association’s annual three-day meeting, but Duffy did not attend the full meeting, El-Chantiry said.
While the Senate is not sitting, senators may continue to carry out their parliamentary functions, but it is not clear what Duffy — a senator for P.E.I. — was doing in Ottawa during the week of April 16-20, 2012. The Senate communications office refused comment. It confirmed there were no public Senate or committee meetings that week in Ottawa. It referred the question to Duffy, whose office did not respond to calls and emails requesting comment.
Neither the auditors nor the Senate made available detailed or itemized descriptions of Duffy’s expense claims.