May 30, 2013
By Michael Kramer
Just six months after he was named a conservative senator Mike Duffy was discussing in an email what he described as his ‘expanded role’ with the party and wondering how he could ‘get a staff, a car and more resources.’
A published report of an email exchange says Duffy also wanted to become a minister without portfolio.
The email dated July 2009, appears to be sent from Duffy’s private email account to an unidentified Conservative Party insider.
The message asks whether he should have a separate meeting with “Marjory,” in apparent reference to the government Senate Leader Marjory LeBreton. He adds, “Should I request a one on one with Stephen? To what end?” He signs off, “Mike, at home.”
On Tuesday, a Senate committee voted to refer the matter of Duffy’s expense claims to the RCMP. Reports indicate that Duffy at times claimed Senate expenses while he was appearing at election campaign events.