It’s been a long, arduous road, but today is Senator Mike Duffy’s day of reckoning.
Today, the verdict will be read on 31 charges of fraud and bribery relating to Duffy’s role in the Senate Expense Scandal.
When the trial began, so long ago, it was the hottest ticket in Ottawa, but the interest had more to do with the sub plots of the scandal than the expenses themselves.
Who knew what ? Did the Prime Minister play a role in the cover up ? Would the damning testimony lead to the downfall of the Harper government ?
As the trial unfolded, those salacious sub plots became more intriguing as we learned of covert activity within the Conservative Party and the Prime Minister’s Office and indeed, in last year’s election, the Harper government did fall, although it’s debatable as to how much the Duffy trial was a factor in that defeat.
And with the change in government, interest in the Duffy trial fizzled, yet the impact of today’s verdict is no less important.
Duffy is the lightning rod for this controversy, but he’s by no means the only culprit.
This trial exposed an arrogance and sense of entitlement within the offices of our Parliament, and that should be a concern to all of us.