New revelations about the Nigel Wright/Mike Duffy backroom negotiations allege that Conservative Senator David Tkachuk, who was one of the people writing the Senate report on Mike Duffy, played a central role in these secret negotiations.
“In the emails, Duffy claimed that Tkachuk, who until recently was the chair of the Senate internal economy committee, told him he didn’t meet the Senate’s residency requirements because he lived in Ottawa. (...) Tkachuk allegedly told Duffy that if he went along with Wright’s bailout offer, the Senate committee would throw out the residency issue and go easy on him in the audit of his expenses.”
– CTV, August 26th, 2013
That’s a strange revelation because just this May during an interview with MacLean’s Senator Tkachuk denied any knowledge of the Wright-Duffy deal.
“First of all, I have no idea if there was an agreement between him and Mike Duffy. Only Mike Duffy and Nigel Wright can tell you that.’”
– David Tkachuk, Maclean’s, May 23rd, 2013
This isn’t the only discrepancy between what Senator Tkachuk said and what he allegedly did.
He also categorically denied that the deal between Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy had anything to do with the whitewashing of the Duffy Senate report.
“Journalist - So the decision to not write the report as harshly as the other two, was that at all influenced by any discussion with Nigel Wright or anyone in the Prime Minister’s Office or anyone in the government?
David Tkachuk - No, it was influenced by the fact that he paid his money back.”
- Maclean’s, May 23rd, 2013
It’s not the first time Senator Tkachuk got caught in an uncomfortable position: The Deloitte audit of Senator Pamela Wallin revealed that he advised Senator Wallin to alter her past calendars in her dealings with the auditors.
It seems that one of this Senator's main priorities was covering the tracks for Conservative insiders.
Canadians deserves better.