Thursday, July 18, 2013

The gift that keeps on giving: Duffy and Senate scandal back in the news after a brief pause

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is once again on the defensive over the Senate scandal, days after it hoped to change channels with a cabinet shuffle. On Wednesday, a Harper spokeswoman denied the Prime Minister’s Office was withholding a key email from the RCMP that outlines a deal struck between Sen. Mike Duffy and Harper’s former right-hand man, Nigel Wright, to help the senator repay his improper housing expense claims. Harper’s office said that investigators hadn’t asked for the email as part of their criminal probe of the deal. One former RCMP investigator suggested the force would want copies of any records the PMO has and could easily get a court order to compel Harper’s office to hand over any documents.

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