Liberals Demand Harper’s Under Oath Explanation of Senate Scandal

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The Liberals have urged Parliament to call on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and demand him to elucidate on what he knows about the payment made by his former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, in order to cover the improper living expenses of disgraced Senator Mike Duffy.

However, since the Conservatives were barely able to hold on a Manitoba riding that they have held from most of the past 50 years in contrast with the growing influence of the third-party Liberals show in increased average vote share across the four ridings, the Conservatives instead raised the issue of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s attendance record than the Senate scandal. Liberal House Leader Dominic LeBlanc used an opposition day to move that “the House call upon the Prime Minister to explain in detail to Canadians, under oath, what (former chief of staff) Nigel Wright or any other member of his staff, or any other Conservative, told him at any time about any aspect of any possible arrangement pertaining to Mike Duffy, what he did about it, and when.”

The motion is aimed at tying the prolonged and highly dismayed senate scandal closer to the Prime Minister. Meanwhile, the RCMP continues their investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and breach of trust over the $90,000 cheque written by Mr. Wright to cover the residency allowance claimed improperly by Mr. Duffy. The Conservatives have designated their parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister, Paul Calandra, to comment on the issue and respond on behalf of the government.

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