Ezra Levant was paid for two speeches he wrote Mike Duffy, court hears

Global News

OTTAWA – When his magazine folded in late 2007, right-leaning media personality Ezra Levant sent letters to every Conservative politician in Ottawa telling them he was available for paid speechwriting gigs – and Mike Duffy took him up on it, court heard Wednesday.

“As I recall I would have written a letter to all the Conservative Parliamentarians,” Levant said.

“I think I wrote to everyone.”

Testifying by phone, the former Sun News host told the court he wrote two or three speeches for Duffy, whom he’d known for 20 years, while the latter was a Conservative senator.

Cheques exhibited in court show Levant was paid $2,100 each for two speeches in 2010 and 2011.

But the money didn’t come from the Senate.

READ MORE: Mike Duffy trial: 8 allegedly fraudulent trips that cost almost $38,000

Instead, the cheques from April 2010 and March 2011 were signed by Gerald Donohue, Duffy’s…

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