April 09, 2015

Question of the Day: Do you care about the Mike Duffy trial?

Emily PrattRebel Correspondent

Some in the Canadian media are calling it "the trial of the decade," but what does the average person think about the Mike Duffy trial?

Are you tired of hearing about the Mike Duffy trial, or are you following the case closely?

Tell us in the comments!


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commented 2015-04-12 18:36:41 -0400
What CTV & CBC seem to convenient ignore big-time is that unless my brain is completely addled, weren’t Duffy & Wallin anchors of news-shows for CTV & left leaning until the opportunity of a senate appointment showed up. Somehow this is overlooked.. they were never Conservatives until appointed to senate.. so where did they get their ethics from…. fellow journalists I would surmise.
commented 2015-04-11 22:18:47 -0400
Fern, I don’t think he really wants to take anyone down…I think he is just pleading that he is really no different from the rest of the bunch and it was unfair to be thrown under the bus.
commented 2015-04-11 18:35:40 -0400
Mike Duffy! I am not saying the rules aren’t clear with what senators can claim but ….. If you don’t want to do the time, don’t do the crime!!!! Trying to take other senators or the PM down with you, tells me he is very nervous on what he did! Thirty-one counts against you from the police, how will he be acquitted from all accounts! Mike Duffy took advantage of the system and now Mike wants to take others down with him! Shameful!!!
commented 2015-04-11 10:17:33 -0400
Lisa, Making friends and deciding who I trust has never been a batch process with me. It has always been on a case by case basis. I also tend not to get along with people who are arrogant enough to think they can dictate to me who my friends and who my adversaries are…..grievance groups that end in “ist”.

Polite reasonable conversation works well with reasonable people…with the dogmatic and the doctrinaire the best you can hope for is to be ignored.

Back to the subject of Mike Duffy’s residency…this is yet another case of Liberal double standard and hypocrisy . These same Liberals seem to have no difficulty with Baruch Obama’s dubious residency qualifications.
commented 2015-04-11 03:57:14 -0400
Glenn I don’t much care for you in some other threads,(I’m sure you should care), but what you say here about Duffy being born in PEI, sort of hits home.
commented 2015-04-11 03:43:21 -0400
I have lived in PEI for 18 years with nothing more than a couple of week-end departures….Duffy was born here. So ask any Islander which one of us is an Islander and which one of us is “from away”.

Besides….Duffy was stuck in the ice on the old Abegwait ferry before the bridge was built….he knows where there is a terrific patch of cranberries near a remote beach (but he’s not telling anybody where)….he gives directions to island destinations by referring to landmarks that no longer exist (just past where Towers used to be)…when he talks about the weather to another Islander there is agreement that no matter what the weather might be it just isn’t good for the potatoes…..

I could go on but suffice to say no matter how much time he spends hanging around Ottawa he will always be much more of an Islander than I will ever hope to be. All it takes to renew your residency is a trip home once every ten years or so for Old Home Week…..what would that arsehole Crown prosecutor who forsook his home and his roots when he moved to Ottawa know about such things?
commented 2015-04-11 01:24:39 -0400
We all know what the mainstream media is all about – I haven’t turned on my tv for 2 days now – the last straw was when Global accused PM Harper of posturing pre-election with the additional funds for University grants (as if other political parties don’t do the same) and then they showed some students commenting that the bus trip for the speech was a waste of time – well that’s thankfullness for you – obviously they don’t appreciate the grant, I suppose they want totally free university education so they can all become professional students till they’re 38.
commented 2015-04-10 20:52:41 -0400
Is mr Duffy on trail for possible expense account issues we are not clear to begin with or for accepting legal tender from a friend to pay few big bills. It looks like a tempest in a tea pot or much a do about nothing. We shall wait and see how ever the smoking and mirrors are misdirecting me.
commented 2015-04-10 19:59:41 -0400
Of course, the leftist MSM (especially the taxpayer-funded CBC) will milk the Mike Duffy trial for all it’s worth in the run-up to the next federal election, with the obvious intention of trashing the Conservatives, hoping they can get JT elected as the next Prime Minister and thereby usher in the age of Canadian Utopia in which all injustice is done away with, the economy runs on pixie dust, and all good lefties live happily ever after.
commented 2015-04-10 18:41:18 -0400
What about all the Liberal appointed, suddenly independent, senators. When will they come up for trial? You will not get away from it Justin, they were Liberal Senators when they committed their alleged crimes.
commented 2015-04-10 18:20:06 -0400
“The trial of the decade”? Hardly. What this trial will show is Duffy has played fast & loose with the public purse. It appears in some instances he has combined Senate & personal business and billed the taxpayer the whole time. Nice gig. Should he see jail time? No, but he does need to come clean and pay all the money back that he billed while not working on Senate duties. He is not the only Senator guilty of this I’m sure.
commented 2015-04-10 18:10:24 -0400
I so am tired of listening to the media reports about the Duffy trial. Duffy, Wallin and Brazeau are perfect examples of what is wrong with the Canadian Senate. These three idiots have proved, beyond any reasonable doubt, that they are pathetic, greedy and pathological losers who have no common sense or moral responsibility. Mr. Duffy is getting his day in court ….. but after the dust has settled, he will be remembered for what he really is … a thief. Any 8 year old child would clearly understand the difference between doing the right thing and stealing from the hard working Canadian Tax Payer. I hope he gets his fat ass thrown in jail …
he is a huge embarrasement to this country and does not warrent the media attention that he getting.
commented 2015-04-10 17:38:22 -0400
As JOAN ABERNETHY commented:
“These street poll interviews make me cringe at just how uninformed Canadian voters are. " I agree. Despite the fact that the mainstream media have made this their number one story over the last week, it seems few people even know about it. That would lead me to conclude that nobody is following the mainstream media. The mainstream media is out there making a lot of noise and nobody is listening.
commented 2015-04-10 17:30:22 -0400
He did the crime…should do the time and not muddy the waters blaming others.
commented 2015-04-10 17:23:05 -0400
I’m not interested in the case.
commented 2015-04-10 17:00:54 -0400
Trial of the decade?? I’m speechless. But then again, it is the media party doing its best to create a problem for Harper and the Conservatives. Maybe Duffy and the others bent the rules but their sense of entitlement is nothing new to the public. Who cares?
commented 2015-04-10 16:53:27 -0400
When the Mike Duffy story first broke, I went to the government site and read the rules for senators regarding housing. Duffy is required to maintain a home in PEI – clear and simple. Legally he did nothing wrong. I am not a Duffy fan and think that perhaps there were things he should not have expensed but that is peanuts. As for for Wright, he did nothing wrong except use his personal after tax money to reimbuse taxpayers. I wish Ontario liberals would be as ethical, honourable and honest.
commented 2015-04-10 16:08:31 -0400
trial of the decade? wasnt that the sandro lisi/rob ford trial?
commented 2015-04-10 14:55:38 -0400
No one seems to be able to quote the exact law he broke. I think the definitions of the primary and secondary residences are vague and being a senator taking up his time in Ottawa where he’s been most that should be his primary. If he tried to say otherwise he’s guilty of something but really I believe this is an out of proportion “scandal” as if it’s a first time to happen. This stuff has been going on for ages with all politicians. Now it’s just convenient for the left to blame “the Harper government”. They’ll grasp at any straws to say “Stop Harper”. I really wonder what they are trying to stop him from doing. Marketing our natural resources, something we should be doing. These other guys especially Trudeau are way out of touch with Canada, saying they are out to help the middle class. What about the lower classes? What about job creation? This is a convenient straw to grasp on to making the mountain out of a molehill. That’s what CBC and CTV are good at doing. One thing wrong with that is CBC is funded by public money. They should be more objective, which they are not. And they are very forgiving on the Opposition and the Third in line party of that nonsensical Leader.
commented 2015-04-10 13:03:45 -0400

I don’t.
commented 2015-04-10 11:43:15 -0400
Another day, another dose of Deranged Harper Syndrome from the left stream media. Yawn…….
commented 2015-04-10 08:05:26 -0400
Duffy stole 90K. Someone else paid it back. Doesn’t change the fact that Duffy stole 90K.
What’s really going on is the liberal MSM using this story to spin it into a Harper attack – disgusting liberal pigs.

Love this site – CBC will be worth a $1 one day if they don’t adjust to the internet soon and end their filtering of blogged comments.
commented 2015-04-10 02:58:22 -0400
Not much. Did the PMO steal money? No.
commented 2015-04-10 01:14:39 -0400
I do care about the senators feeding at the trough, and if the rules are vague they need to be tightened up. I don’t blame Harper for it but I sure would like to see the senate reformed. Appointed senators for life, its ridiculous, then humungus pensions.
As far as Duffy is concerned Harper did all he could do, he let Nigel Wright go.
commented 2015-04-10 01:05:14 -0400
These street poll interviews make me cringe at just how uninformed Canadian voters are.

I am not following the Duffy trial closely but it is important to me because its outcome will reflect, fairly or not, on Harper’s chance at re-election. I believe Duffy is not guilty. But I also think Del Mastro should not have been convicted either.

Optics are so important. Judges are often wrong but if Duffy can only win on a SCC appeal, that will take us past the election. So a lot turns, I think, on the judge’s ability to remain impartial. On the judge’s integrity.

A tall order, asking a judge to be ethical, these days.
commented 2015-04-10 00:54:41 -0400
Peter Netterville – My sentiments exactly. You’ve identified the only reason Duffy is still in the news. Conservatives are always held to a higher standard than Liberals. If he was a Liberal, this story would have been buried months ago. When the truth is out, I predict that many more Liberals than Conservatives will be found to be defrauding taxpayers. It’s the only thing they do well.
commented 2015-04-09 22:41:16 -0400
Harper is on the hot seat because the Libs and NDP want him there. They can’t win on their own merits so they continually pull Harper down on anything and everything they attach to him.
Trudouae is a spokesperson for freeing illegal drugs so he has the drug crowd right near his a$$. He doesn’t speak well without a script as we see him hemming and hawing every other time. Putin and the Muslims will eat him alive. The Queen mother would sit him on her lap and scold him and then serve tea and sympathy.I don’t think Harper needs my defence as he can take care of himself as he has proven in the past. I have heard the Liberals promises and then the excuses. As I see it Harper is the only choice again so you know what that means.
Trudeau and Wynne, I shudder.
commented 2015-04-09 22:31:02 -0400
It seems most of the people on the street were completely disinterested or didn’t know anything about it, although I didn’t actually count them. Some were neutral, others blamed Duffy but didn’t blame Harper. And, yes, dope smoking pot heads who hate Harper would probably blame him for leukemia and earth quakes. On average, though, the only ones who think this story is important is MSM.
commented 2015-04-09 22:29:19 -0400
Canadians are sure a pathetic lot. A couple of the people interviewed don’t realize any person is considered innocent until proven guilty or have they changed this? Another incident is the young woman who thought perhaps Duffy was the Prime Minister. The sad part is she has the opportunity to vote. The idea that Harper is responsible because he appointed Mike Duffy is pretty sad. When did this BS start that the person who cheated, drove drunk, killed, or whatever the charge is – is NOT RESPONSIBLE for his/her own actions? Ya I know – the left wing Judges started this if memory serves me correctly. A person who drank and then got behind the wheel of the car and injured or killed another human being was not at fault. It was the fault of the person who held the house party and allowed the drunk to drink and then drive. Don’t ever make the real person at fault accept personal responsibility. They might have to grow up.
commented 2015-04-09 21:48:05 -0400
I think it would be more entertaining watching Wynne and McGinty on trial for their misdeeds. What’s a few thousand in inappropriate expenses compared to the billions they squandered.