Thomas Mulcair: Mr. Speaker, how, then, was it possible for Andrew MacDougall and Carl Vallée to comment on all of these issues in detail on behalf of the prime minister if they had not attended any of those meetings?
Stephen Harper: Mr. Speaker, as I have said repeatedly, it was Mr. Wright who made the decision to take his personal funds and give those to Mr. Duffy so that Mr. Duffy could reimburse the taxpayers. Those were his decisions. They were not communicated to me or to members of my office. They were Mr. Wright's decisions, but he takes full responsibility for them.
– House of Commons, June 5, 2013 (emphasis added)
In July, RCMP reviewed a letter from Nigel Wright naming himself, David van Hemmen, Benjamin Perrin and Chris Woodcock as PMO staff who knew about the arrangement. Nigel Wright himself proved that Stephen Harper wasn’t telling the truth on June 5th. But new revelations suggest that far more people knew what was happening with Mike Duffy and the $90,000 cheque.
Despite what Stephen Harper told Canadians, emails reported yesterday by CTV reveal that Senators David Tkachuk, Carolyn Stewart Olsen and former Harper Director of Communications Angelo Persichilli were involved in pressuring Duffy to repay the money.
While Persichilli claims that he was “never told by anyone from the PMO that [he] had talked to Mike Duffy”, given the previous claims by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his former Chief of Staff Nigel Wright, anything is possible.
Canadians deserve better.