PM Harper. Photo: Remy Steinegger
From the day it emerged that Stephen Harper’s chief of staff Nigel Wright cut a $90,000 personal cheque to cover Sen. Mike Duffy’s fraudulent Senate expense claims, the Conservatives tried desperately to kill the scandal. On Thursday, they tossed Duffy overboard, and on Friday, Sen. Pamela Wallin. Also on Friday, the PMO vowed that Wright wasn’t going anywhere. He’d the PM’s confidence, we were told.
“The prime minister had full confidence in Mr. Wright and Mr. Wright is staying on,” said Andrew MacDougall, Harper’s director of communications.
But the scandal is just too hot to suppress. Wright, a wealth former Bay Street financier, jumped ship Sunday morning.
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.
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:
Peter Penashue and Defence Min. Peter MacKay. Photo: Facebook
A new analysis by democracy advocacy group, Samara, suggests that the Conservatives’ characterization of Peter Penashue as a “strong voice” for Labrador in the House of Commons is a grotesque political exaggeration. In fact, the Conservatives insulted our collective intelligence when they warned that “if Newfoundland and Labrador want to continue to have a strong voice within government they need to re-elect him (Penashue) as the Member of Parliament for Labrador”.