The circus that has surrounded Mike Duffy since July 2014 comes to a close Thursday as Ontario Court Justice Charles Vaillancourt rules on the 31 counts of fraud, breach of trust and bribery faced by the senator.
In Fredericton during last year’s election campaign, then-prime minister Stephen Harper refused to answer questions about why he would not fire members of his staff who knew about the repayment plan for the expenses of Senator Mike Duffy.
Harper stuck with his position that he was holding former chief of staff Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy responsible.
If acquitted, Duffy can return to the Senate as soon as it next convenes.
If he’s found guilty, he will remain on a leave of absence without pay until sentencing.