Prime Minister Stephen Harper has formally denied threatening Sen. Mike Duffy on Wednesday, refuting allegations made by Mr. Duffy during his address to the Senate on Tuesday. Mr. Duffy had openly alleged that the prime minister personally enforced him to go through a secret scheme planned to repay some of his Senate expenses.
Harper rose several times in the House of Commons to directly address Duffy’s assertions. He stated that “when he (Duffy) asked, in fact, I told our entire caucus and staff that my view was that his expense claims were inappropriate and they should be repaid.” He further added that tbat “that particular time, Mr. Speaker, did I threaten him with expulsion? No. But when inappropriate expense claims are made, I expect a corrective action to be taken and if it is not taken, the person who does not take corrective action could not expect to continue to sit as a member of the Conservative party.”