Senate lawyer appears at Mike Duffy trial to argue against release of 2013 audit

OTTAWA — A Senate lawyer is back at the trial of Mike Duffy again today to try to block the release of a two-year-old audit of living expenses inside the upper chamber.

The audit was conducted in early 2013 by a Senate official after questions came up about Duffy and other senators who claimed living expenses for homes in the nation’s capital.

The Senate has argued the audit is protected by parliamentary privilege.

Duffy’s lawyer and a number of Canadian media outlets have been pushing for the audit to be made public, saying the Senate is being selective about the documents it wants to release.

Duffy has pleaded not guilty to 31 charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust.

Several charges Duffy faces relate to his declaration of a home in Ottawa as a secondary residence, which allowed him to claim nearly $90,000 in housing expenses.

 

The Canadian Press