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Suspended senator Mike Duffy, centre, seen with his lawyer, Donald Bayne, centre right, in Ottawa last April, has been alleged to have set up a ‘slush fund’ to secretly pay for illegitimate expenses.

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By Chris Hannay (@channay)

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Mike Duffy will find out today whether he is guilty or acquitted of 31 charges that include breach of trust, fraud and bribery. (Catch up on everything that happened during the trial.)

Mr. Duffy, who represented PEI in the Senate, had been suspended without pay during most of the criminal proceedings, but, because of parliamentary rules, he began collecting a salary again during last year's election. But what happens after today's verdict?

Initially, nothing will happen. According to the Senate, if Mr. Duffy is found guilty of any of the charges against him, he will remain on his leave of absence and will continue not being able to access his Senate office and resources until he is sentenced. If at sentencing he is given anything more than a discharge, he would also lose his Senate salary until all avenues of appeal have been exhausted. Further parliamentary proceedings would be required to remove him from his Senate seat.

If Mr. Duffy is acquitted on all charges today, he could retake his seat in the Red Chamber as soon as tomorrow.


> Justin Trudeau is in New York today where, according to his official itinerary, he will spend the morning taking questions from New York University students and, in the afternoon, he will train at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn. On Friday, world leaders are set to sign the Paris agreement on climate change at the United Nations.

> The federal government abandoned an appeal that let the Catholic Church off the hook for raising millions of dollars for residential school survivors, court documents reveal. The appeal was dropped less than a week after the Trudeau cabinet was sworn in last November.

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> The Alberta and B.C. governments are in talks to support the Northern Gateway pipeline in exchange for a long-term contract to buy electricity.

> Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says the Leap Manifesto is "not helpful."

> Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains says the government's is talking with Bombardier about research spending and keeping jobs in Canada, as part of its decision of whether to give aid to the manufacturer.

> And John Ibbitson has won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, for his biography of Stephen Harper.


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"So much for that new era of ethics and transparency. This week, Justin Trudeau's Liberals have fended off criticism of a dubious fundraiser with old-time, politics-as-usual tactics. They used the clichéd methods of political wagon-circling: pointing to the other parties' past transgressions, taking offence at the ethical critique, pointing to an authority who supposedly cleared the transgressor, general obfuscation and plain old time-wasting." – Campbell Clark (for subscribers).

André Picard (Globe and Mail): "A stint in the slammer is a prime opportunity to get people the help they need – not only for compassionate reasons, but because early intervention has the potential to save significant health-care dollars down the road." (for subscribers)

Konrad Yakabuski (Globe and Mail): "If you think the decision to sell arms to Saudi Arabia has inflamed old animosities between Liberal hawks and doves, realists and idealists, continentalists and anti-Americans, just wait until the debate about Canada joining the U.S. ballistic missile defence system gets fired up."

Aaron Wherry (CBC): "Individually, these matters [about the governing Liberals] might not amount to a searing indictment and even together they might come to be footnotes. ... But these also might be the first hints of wrinkles in the finely tailored suit."

Jen Gerson (National Post): "Thanks to good luck and good timing, Pallister is the newest standard-bearer of a flagging Conservative brand, beset by recent election losses everywhere except Saskatchewan."

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Chris Hannay | Assistant Editor, Ottawa p: 613.566.3610 | c: 613.297.4562 | t: @channay | e:

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