September 2nd, 2014

Director of Public Prosecutions should investigate PMO staff

NDP Ethics critic Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) has written to the Director of Public Prosecutions to request he review evidence collected by the RCMP, and make a determination as to whether Nigel Wright should be charged under the Parliament of Canada Act.

“As Mike Duffy goes to trial, a lot of Canadians are wondering why the PMO staff involved in a secret $90,000 payment to a sitting senator are walking away from this scot-free” said Angus.

In his letter, Angus commends the RCMP for their work that led to 31 charges against Conservative Senator Mike Duffy. He also expresses surprise that no one was charged under the Parliament of Canada Act and that the Director of Public Prosecutions was not consulted in the Wright investigation.

“This is precisely the reason an independent prosecutor was created - to intervene in prosecutions of public interest, so Canadians can be confident that there is no political interference in our justice system” said NDP Justice critic Françoise Boivin (Gatineau).