The federal government has recently mentioned in a press statement that it has found more e-mail traffic shedding some light on the role of the PMO and its top legal adviser over the living expenses of Senator Mike Duffy. Previously, Ottawa alleged to have had erased all e-mails belonging to the lawyer, Benjamin Perrin, since he left the PMO last March. Hence, the RCMP did not have any luck while investigating into the $90,000 payment to Mr. Duffy from former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright.
In the announcement made on Sunday, the PMO revealed that Mr. Perrin’s newly recovered e-mails will be handed over to the RCMP “immediately.” It was explained that Ottawa routinely deletes e-mails of departing PMO employees, though Mr. Perrin’s e-mails have been recovered because they were withheld for another unrelated litigation. RCMP suspects Mr. Perrin of being involved in the negotiations between Mr. Wright and other senior PMO officials over Mr. Duffy’s expense claims that were the subject of an audit earlier this year.