Apr 08, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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The first witness at Mike Duffy’s bribery and fraud trial was the recently retired law clerk of the Senate.

Mark Audcent told the Ottawa court about residency requirements for senators.

He said in his view, it was up to the government to determine that a senator was qualified to represent his or her province in the Red Chamber.

Two of the 31 charges Duffy’s facing relate to living expenses, but, it’s the ones that don’t that Aaron Wudrick of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, tells the New AM 740’s ”Goldhawk Fights Back,” rub Canadians the wrong way.

”These are the sorts of things that I think really set off most Canadians, that we have these people, first of all we don’t know what they do, they’re not elected and yet they are claiming these huge sums over time for things that have absolutely nothing to do with their job descriptions.”

Duffy’s expected to take the stand at some point in the trial that’s scheduled to run until June.

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