Prince Edward Island-born journalist and current Conservative Party PEI senator Mike Duffy
is currently in trouble for allegedly falsely claiming an Island residence as his primary residence. This could have significant consequences for him, as senators have to reside in the province they represent. Writing in the The Guardian
of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Teresa White determined
that the province considers Duffy a non-resident.
Records obtained by The Guardian Tuesday from the provincial taxation and property division office show Duffy and his wife Heather are identified as non-resident owners of their Cavendish cottage and thus pay higher property taxes.
Prince Edward Island charges 50 per cent more in property taxes to owners who are not permanent residents of the Island.
In order to get the lower tax rate, one must reside in the province for 183 days consecutively.
The P.E.I. government does not currently offer Duffy the lower permanent resident rate and identifies him as a non-resident.
Malpeque MP Wayne Easter says this raises serious concerns about whether Duffy is meeting the Senate’s rules regarding senators' primary homes.
“If he’s paying the additional taxation, then it’s unlikely he’s meeting the residency requirements for senators,” Easter said.
“If you’re a resident of P.E.I., why would you pay double taxation? That needs to be checked out and hopefully the senate is checking that stuff out.”