Assumed Duffy’s appearance at 2011 funeral was government business: witness

OTTAWA — A witness at Sen. Mike Duffy’s trial says she believed the senator was on government business when he appeared at a personal acquaintance’s funeral in Prince Edward Island in 2011.

Myrna Sanderson says Duffy didn’t do anything special at the funeral for Clifton (Cliff) Elmer Stewart, affectionately known on the island as “the spy from P.E.I.”

The court heard that Duffy and Stewart were friends.

Sanderson says she believed Duffy was at the funeral as a representative of the government, given Stewart’s standing on the island as a well-known Second World War veteran.

Among other things, the Crown is alleging that Duffy wrongly charged taxpayers for what amounted to personal travel rather than government business.

Duffy has pleaded not guilty to 31 charges, including fraud, breach of trust and bribery stemming from his questionable Senate expenses.

The Canadian Press