The Globe and Mail
Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017
Senator Mike Duffy is suing the federal government for nearly $8-million, saying the Senate and the RCMP unjustly made him a scapegoat in the politically damaging Senate spending scandal.
Mr. Duffy argues in his statement of claim that he was punished in the court of public opinion during the four-year ordeal, and continues to suffer physical, emotional and financial hardship. He said his acquittal on 31 criminal charges at trial last year showed that fellow members of the Senate and the national police force treated him unfairly.
Mr. Duffy alleges the Senate and a majority of senators “acted unconstitutionally” when he was suspended without pay in 2013, and that the RCMP singled him out in its investigation because he was a “more high-profile target” than Nigel Wright, a former Conservative official who gave him $90,000 to repay expense claims that had become controversial.
Mr. Duffy’s lawyer, Lawrence Greenspon, announced the suit, which was filed in Ontario Superior Court, at a news conference in Ottawa on Thursday afternoon.