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The “Old Duff” fundraising for the Conservative Party

The daily revelations coming out about Mike Duffy and the Senate scandal are riveting. They can distract, though, from the underlying problem with Canada’s upper chamber. One of the defining features of the modern Senate is that, for decades, the government of the day has appointed party fundraisers, organizers and former staffers, tapped to do […]

October 31, 2013

The daily revelations coming out about Mike Duffy and the Senate scandal are riveting. They can distract, though, from the underlying problem with Canada’s upper chamber.

One of the defining features of the modern Senate is that, for decades, the government of the day has appointed party fundraisers, organizers and former staffers, tapped to do party work on the public dime.

That’s exactly why Stephen Harper appointed Duffy to the Senate in December 2008. Fast-forward to today, and the Prime Minister is desperate to cut him loose.

That’s difficult to do – and we’ve got the video that shows why.

Back on September 2, 2010, the Conservative Party sent an email blast to supporters. In it, there’s a special video message from the “Old Duff” asking for money to prepare for a looming federal election to stop the “weak, reckless” coalition.

The Conservative Party’s fundraising department even set up a special email address for the senator (mikeduffy@conservative.ca), further blurring the line between Senate and party business.

Check out the fundraising pitch:

 

 

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About that Senate residency thing...
About that Senate residency thing...

About that Senate residency thing…

The Conservative government tried a new argument Wednesday to try and contain the Senate scandal. Paul Calandra, the Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Secretary, stood up in the House of Commons to chide three of Harper’s Senate appointees for not knowing where they lived. Part of the spending scandal involving Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau […]

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The Conservative government tried a new argument Wednesday to try and contain the Senate scandal.

Paul Calandra, the Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Secretary, stood up in the House of Commons to chide three of Harper’s Senate appointees for not knowing where they lived. Part of the spending scandal involving Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau revolves around their primary residences and expense claims.

The residency question could be put to Stephen Harper. After all, he…