A Chronology of Sen. Mike Duffy's Expense Troubles

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A Chronology of Sen. Mike Duffy's Expense Troubles


A chronology of the Mike Duffy saga

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OTTAWA - Sen. Mike Duffy is suing the Senate and the RCMP over their handling of his expense troubles. Here's a chronology:

Dec. 22, 2008: Then-prime minister Stephen Harper announces Duffy's appointment to the Senate as a representative for Prince Edward Island. Duffy is sworn in the next month.

December 2012: Questions are raised about how much time Duffy spends at his declared primary residence in P.E.I., since he claims living expenses for his longtime Ottawa-area home.

Dec. 4, 2012: Duffy says he got an email from Nigel Wright, the prime minister's chief of staff, saying it appeared that Duffy's residence expenses complied with the rules.

Feb. 8, 2013: The Senate hires external auditing firm to review residence claims of Duffy and two other senators.

Feb. 22, 2013: Claiming confusion with the rules, Duffy pledges to pay back the expenses.

April 19, 2013: Duffy confirms he has repaid more than $90,000 in Senate housing expenses. "I have always said that I am a man of my word. In keeping with the commitment I made to Canadians, I can confirm that I repaid these expenses in March 2013.''

May 12, 2013: The RCMP says it will examine Senate expense claims.

May 15, 2013: The PMO confirms a media report that Wright personally footed the bill for Duffy's housing expenses because Duffy couldn't make a timely payment.

May 28, 2013: Senate internal economy committee holds a public meeting to review Duffy's travel expenses. Senate finance officials say they've detected a pattern that concerns them. The committee votes to send the matter to the RCMP.

June 13, 2013: The RCMP confirms it has launched a formal investigation into Wright's involvement in the expense scandal.

Oct. 17, 2013: Claude Carignan, the government's new leader in the Senate, introduces motions to suspend Duffy, Sen. Pamela Wallin and Sen. Patrick Brazeau from the Senate over questioned expenses. The motions call for the three to be stripped of their pay, benefits and Senate resources.

Oct. 22, 2013: In an explosive speech in the Senate, Duffy accuses Harper's office of orchestrating a ''monstrous fraud'' aimed at snuffing out controversy over his expenses. Duffy accuses the prime minister of being more interested in appeasing his Conservative base than the truth. …

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