Jun 27, 2018
By Michelle Saunders
Lawyers for the Senate were scheduled to appear before an Ottawa judge on Wednesday to argue that Senator Mike Duffy cannot sue the upper chamber over his dramatic suspension without pay five years ago. Duffy is seeking more than 7.8 million dollars in damages from the Senate and the RCMP in the wake of the high-profile investigation and suspension surrounding his expense claims. Duffy stood trial and was acquitted on 31 charges in April 2016. The portion of the lawsuit against the Senate hinges on Duffy’s arguments that senators acted unconstitutionally and violated his charter rights when they decided to suspend him without pay in 2013. The Senate will argue that the court has no jurisdiction to judge the decision senators made to suspend Duffy without pay for almost two years, citing parliamentary privilege – a centuries-old right designed to protect legislators in the course of doing their jobs. Libby speaks with lawyer Ari Goldkind to learn more.