The Canadian Press

2015-08-12 | Duffy Trial

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Stephen Harper's former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, says he did not tell the prime minister of a plan that would have seen the Conservative party fund foot the bill for Mike Duffy's dubious expense filings. Wright told an Ottawa court today that he told the prime minister Duffy would repay his expenses, but never mentioned that the plan at the time was for the party to foot the bill on his behalf. New Democrat MP Charlie Angus says those statements call into question Stephen Harper's ability to govern the inner workings of his own office. (Wright told the court today he had an agreement for Duffy to say he'd made a mistake in his claims and that he intended to pay back the money, but that the Conservative party would actually be paying. All that fell apart, he said, when it became apparent that Duffy's expenses were also for meal allowances he claimed for eating in his own home, and that the total had ballooned from 32-thousand dollars to more than 90-thousand.)

Date: 2015-08-12
Placeline: OTTAWA.
Source: The Canadian Press
Length: 26 seconds

Transcript Prediction: << we have a deal is being cooked up with the prime minister's lawyer Mr Perrin apparently mr. rights involved and then they're going to go to the Prime Minister and get media talking points and the Prime Minister doesn't know that he's being misled and he's going to get up and get false statements if that's true and it may be true and mr. right I think I have no reason not to tell us the truth and asked it raises the question for me what kind of leadership is being exerted by prime minister Harper >>