The Duffy affair, here and there

What legal expenses was the second cheque meant to cover?
Sen. Mike Duffy takes the elevator as he arrives to the Senate on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, October 28, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The Conservative leadership in the Senate is apparently willing to allow Mike Duffy, Patrick Brazeau and Pamela Wallin to continue having medical benefits, but Hugh Segal says such amendments don’t resolve the question of due process.

Glen McGregor compares the prepared text and actual delivery of Mike Duffy’s latest speech to the Senate.

David McLaughlin offers the the Prime Minister some advice.

Keith Beardsley considers what the Prime Minister should be thinking about.

Members of the Conservative party are advised to avoid talking to the CBC.

And Ekos does some polling.

So what about that second cheque? What legal expenses was it meant to cover? Yesterday I asked both the Conservative party and the lawyer who received the cheque to explain. So far only the party has responded and only to say that, “At the time these legal expenses were incurred and paid, Mike Duffy was a member of the Conservative caucus. Like all political parties, the Conservative Party sometimes assists members of caucus with legal expenses.”