Former Senate Leader, LeBreton, Ready to Defend Duffy Allegations

The Senate is now entering third day of its most memorable and intense debate on Thursday, which will decide the political career of three senators as a top Tory in the upper chamber readies to defend her against serious allegations. Sen. Mike Duffy had accused former government leader in the senate, Sen. Marjory LeBreton, of being involved in an alleged scheme coordinated by the Prime Minister’s Office, which implied secret transfer of $90,000 from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s then-chief of staff to cover repayment of his living expenses.

Sen. LeBreton is scheduled to speak in her defense for the second time in as many days, as she previously refuted older accusations on Wednesday, alleging that she was intimately involved in an alleged plot to remove Sen. Pamela Wallin from the Conservative party according to the prime minister’s request. However, LeBreton openly stated that Duffy’s speech was false. In his speech to the Senate on Tuesday, Duffy alleged that LeBreton was prepared to “whip the Conservative caucus” and invoke party discipline to keep Duffy from being turfed from the Senate should the “phoney scheme ever become public.”

However, when it became public, Duffy says that LeBreton “was emphatic” that “the deal was off.” He alleged that both LeBreton and Ray Novak, Harper’s current chief of staff, unanimously ordered him to leave the Conservative caucus or face harsh penalties. H explained that “she said if I didn’t quit the caucus immediately, I would be sent to the ethics committee with orders from the leadership to throw me out of the Senate.”

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