Harper implicated in Senate scandal, Mulcair says

OTTAWA – New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair says Sen. Mike Duffy has directly implicated the prime minister in the Senate expense scandal.

Mulcair says Stephen Harper has fostered a “culture of corruption” that’s to blame for the expense scandal and the campaign within the Prime Minister’s Office to cover it up.

He says Harper is the common link among 13 different confidantes and advisers named in a CTV report as having knowledge of former chief of staff Nigel Wright’s plan to pay back Duffy’s disallowed expenses.

Harper has repeatedly insisted he knew nothing of Wright’s intention to foot the bill on Duffy’s behalf until he was told about it in May.

Duffy, for his part, has told the Senate that Harper himself insisted the $90,000 in expenses be repaid, but he stopped short of directly implicating the prime minister in Wright’s repayment.

Today, the focus on the Senate scandal shifts to Sen. Pamela Wallin, who’s expected to defend herself against a motion that she be suspended without pay for her disallowed travel expenses.

Looking for more?

Get the Best of Maclean's sent straight to your inbox. Sign up for news, commentary and analysis.