Five stories for Hill watchers

Mike Duffy: Bombshell revelations from Sen. Mike Duffy are sure to reverberate again today across Parliament Hill. The former Conservative senator now says there were “at least” two cheques written in what he describes as a “fraud” designed to cover up his controversial expense claims.

Suspension without pay: The Senate will continue to debate a motion today that calls for the suspension — without pay — of Duffy, along with senators Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau. Question period in the House of Commons is also expected to be dominated by the Senate spending scandal.

Premiers in town: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce will play host today to two premiers. New Brunswick Premier David Alward will take part in the chamber’s International Trade Day Conference, joined by Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall in a discussion about how to move Canada’s energy exports to market.

Federal Court of Appeal: The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples will be at the Federal Court of Appeal, where a hearing is being held on the recent landmark ruling giving Metis and Non-Status Indians the same rights as First Nations under the Constitution Act.

Federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner: Annual report to Parliament expected to include details of an audit of the Canada Revenue Agency, along with details on privacy trends and investigations involving federal departments over the last year.



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