OTTAWA — Sen. Mike Duffy’s lawyer says the Prime Minister’s Office gave the all-clear to the embattled senator’s housing expense arrangements as late as December 2012.
Donald Bayne, lawyer for Mike Duffy, addresses reporters Monday, Oct. 21
Donald Bayne says Nigel Wright, then the prime minister’s chief of staff, told Duffy in an email that his housing claims were legitimate.
Bayne says Conservative senators who want to suspend Duffy from the upper chamber without pay are acting like a mob that’s demanding a sentence before a trial.
He says he advised his client to keep silent about his expense troubles in order to respect an ongoing police investigation.
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Now, however, Bayne is on the offensive, saying that when Duffy was appointed, he checked with the Senate about housing expenses and was told he could declare a primary residence in Prince Edward Island.
Bayne says there is no requirement setting a minimum number of days a senator must live in his province in order to claim a primary residence there.