Aug 10, 2015
By Jane Brown
Stephen Harper’s bid for re-election is about to clash with the courtroom drama of the Mike Duffy trial.
The Duffy case resumes this week after a seven week hiatus. Testimony is expected from Nigel Wright, the Prime Minister’s former chief of staff.
Already, Harper has denied any advance knowledge of a $90,000 cheque Wright signed to cover Duffy’s denied housing expense claims.
“No leader should ever believe that everything’s going to go well, but when bad things happen, what a leader does is, he takes immediate action to make sure people are held accountable. That’s exactly what I did in this case and that is exactly what has happened,” Harper insisted while campaigning in Ottawa yesterday.
Harper denies he ever said a $90,000 payment to Duffy to cover expense claims was “good to go,” as a famous email from the PM’s former chief of staff suggests.
But NDP leader Tom Mulcair says Harper has already admitted to uttering the phrase.
“I remember asking Stephen Harper in the House of Commons, what he meant by ‘good to go’ when he said that to Nigel Wright. Now the prime minister in the House of Commons confirmed that he said ‘good to go’ but he said it was in regard to Mr. Duffy paying his own expenses,” explained Mulcair.
Mike Duffy has pleaded not guilty to the 31 charges he faces, including fraud, bribery and breach of trust.