posted on Oct, 22 2013 @ 05:57 PM
Mike Duffy claims Harper told him to repay
Before a stunned audience of senators and reporters in the Senate gallery, Duffy said Harper told him, in the presence of his then chief of staff
Nigel Wright, it was the perception of the "base" that was important, not what Duffy said about his own innocence. After Duffy said he didn't have the
money, he related, "Nigel Wright said, 'Don't worry, I'll write the cheque.'"
On Monday, Duffy's lawyer levelled bombshell allegations at the Prime Minister's Office, saying his client's living expenses were "cleared from Day 1"
by the office of LeBreton, who was then Senate government leader, and when they later became controversial, Duffy was pressured to take a deal from
the PMO or face removal from his seat.
Wow! Talk about explosive! Not minutes before down the hall in the House of Commons, Harper was once again stating that Wright took all
responsibility for the $90,000 check, and when the opposition asked him who in his office knew about this, Harper deflected as usual.
Harper said that there was no trail of any kind in the PMO, yet Duffy's lawyer said yesterday that he had binders of emails and documents that show
otherwise. Duffy also added that the auditors found his expenses to be in order, yet Harper insisted Duffy pay the money back.
Oooh, things are going to be hot in Ottawa this week! Accusations are flying and Canadians want to know just what is the truth and what part Harper
played in all of this. This time it's moved beyond the usual exchanges. It's seriously taken on a life of its own as Duffy says Harper was
conspiring in how expenses were to be handled.
Duffy and the other two senators appointed by Harper were known party fundraisers and when their expenses were examined and questioned by the
auditors, that's when Harper supposedly told Duffy to pay back the $90,000. Duffy said he was intimidated to resign from the caucus immediately or
be thrown out.
Senator Wallin paid back her expenses but was likewise out of the Conservative caucus.
Pundits are awash with comments about how the Harper government is in very deep doo-doo and this time it just might stick. What think you, Canadians?
edit on 22-10-2013 by aboutface because: (no reason given)