NDP Ethics Critic Charlie Angus has written to the Senate Ethics Officer Lyse Ricard asking for an investigation into accusations of a ‘cash-for-repayment’ scheme involving Mike Duffy and the Prime Minister’s Office.
The PMO has admitted that Stephen Harper’s Chief of Staff Nigel Wright gave $90,000 to Senator Duffy as part of a deal around Mr. Duffy’s role in the Senate expense scandal, which involves a number of Conservative and Liberal Senators. According to news reports last night, Mr. Duffy has denied the payments.
“With so many conflicting stories and such serious allegations, I hope the Senate Ethics Officer acts quickly to launch an investigation into Mr. Duffy’s actions,” said Angus. “With the Prime Minister’s own Chief of Staff in the middle, I also urge Conservatives to agree to immediately put in place an Independent Advisor to investigate these serious allegations.”
Angus’ letter to the Senate Ethics Officer is attached.