“Senator Duffy was at the time talking about legal action.”
Bourrie recall wife saying: “I can’t talk to him about it. I can’t talk to you about it.”
Bourrie: “I think Senator Duffy had an idea that Miriam my wife was helping, and she wasn't. And it’s something I made clear on.”
Bourrie: “I felt that Senator Duffy felt that my wife was helping on the internet trolling problem. I wanted to set him straight on that” – that his wife wasn’t.
Bourrie: We received a cheque in May or early June of 2010. I don’t know how it was made out – I think I was made out to Miriam. “I told him no. do not send a wife to my cheque, she’s not doing this work. it was all me.” Shortly after I got a cheque addressed to me.
Bourrie agreed with Neubauer that he told Duffy repeatedly that his wife wasn’t involved, but Duffy still thought she was. Bourrie: “It came up over and over again”… “He might not be the best listener in the world.”
Donohue’s company Maple Ridge Media sent a $500 cheque.
“I was surprised. I don’t know why. I keep my finances pretty quiet. I don’t go around bragging or wining about money. … I was working on month and months on my book, and my mom wasn’t working at the time. It was a surprise.”
How did you make connection between Duffy and Maple Ridge Media?
Bourrie: Because Duffy said did you get the cheque?
Bourrie said he never heard of Donohue, or spoke with anyone from Maple Ridge Media prior to receiving that cheque.
Neubauer: What did you say to Duffy (about the first cheque made out to Bourrie’s wife)?
Bourrie: Something to the effect of this is not my wife’s work
Bourrie says he either sent that cheque back to Duffy or destroyed it.
Neubauer: Why didn’t you cash it? Bourrie: Miriam didn’t do the work. Second, it appeared she was accepting money for legal work, which isn’t acceptable for the legal society.