May 22, 2013
By Michael Kramer
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he did not know about – nor was he asked to sign off on – the arrangement that saw his chief of staff, Nigel Wright cut a personal cheque for 90-thousand dollars to Senator, Mike Duffy.
The Prime Minister also says he would not have allowed Wright – who has since resigned – to give the money to Duffy had he known about it.
It’s the first time Harper himself has directly answered questions about the Senate expenses scandal since news of the payment surfaced last week.
The payment allowed Duffy to stop co-operating with an external audit of his expenses which has since been referred back to a Senate committee for review.
The arrangement between Duffy and Wright is also under investigation by the federal ethics commissioner.