Original document says expenses for winterized cottage should not have been claimed
A copy of the original report by an internal Senate committee on Senator Mike Duffy‘s expense claims, obtained by CBC News, makes it clear the committee believes Duffy’s primary residence is in Ottawa, and not in P.E.I.
The unedited report, written by members of the Senate committee on internal economy, says Duffy’s “continued presence in his Ottawa residence over the years,” as well as his travel patterns, do not support his declaration that his primary residence is his winterized cottage in P.E.I.
These findings were left out of an edited report on Duffy’s expenses released May 9 by the Senate.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff Nigel Wright wrote a personal cheque worth more than $90,000 to pay back Senator Mike Duffy‘s living expenses, Harper’s office confirmed Wednesday.
“Mr. Duffy agreed to repay the expenses because it was the right thing to do,” Harper’s spokesman Andrew MacDougall said in a statement.
“However, Mr. Duffy was unable to make a timely repayment. Mr. Wright therefore wrote a cheque from his personal account for the full amount owing, so that Mr. Duffy could repay the outstanding amount.”
The confirmation came following a CTV News report Tuesday night that Wright intervened to arrange a deal with Duffy that involved him reimbursing taxpayers $90,172 in return for helping him financially and assuring him that the government would go easy on him.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s former senior adviser, Tom Flanagan, has questioned the jailing of people who view child pornography. And paid a huge price for it.
“I certainly have no sympathy for child molesters, but I do have some grave doubts about putting people in jail because of their taste in pictures,” Flanagan said Wednesday night in Lethbridge, Alta., during a lecture discussing the Conservatives’ anti-democratic changes to the Indian Act. “It’s a real issue of personal liberty and to what extent we put people in jail for doing something in which they do not harm another person.”
Flanagan, a University of Calgary professor, is a prominent Conservative figure widely regarded as the architect of Harper’s rise to power. He’s been called “the man behind Stephen Harper”. In 1997, he and Harper penned a paper in which they called Canada “our benign dictatorship”. They prophetically argued that our “system of one-party-plus rule has stunted democracy.” Flanagan served as campaign manager for the Conservative Party of Canada during the 2004 and 2006 federal elections.
Back in 2009, he asked: “What’s wrong with child pornography — in the sense that it’s just pictures.” There was some criticism but no serious consequences. Not this time.