The PMO is not only paid for Duffy's false expense claims, they told him not to cooperate with the audit!
At one point, Duffy expected the PMO to cover all of the money he’d improperly claimed – more than $90,000.
In a Feb. 20 email, Duffy said Wright worked out a “scenario” where all of his claimed living expenses would be covered, including “cash for the repayment.”
Two days later, Duffy publicly vowed to reimburse the taxpayers, saying he "may have been mistaken" when he filled out Senate housing allowance forms...
Meanwhile, Duffy refused to co-operate with the auditors. In one email he wrote: “I stayed silent on the orders of the PMO.”
After the Deloitte audit was released, the Harper government praised Duffy for showing "leadership" and voluntarily paying back the money.
Duffy showed "great leadership"? Voluntarily paid back? Bold faced lies. And the PMO telling Duffy not to cooperate with an internal audit is very troubling... The PMO is condoning fraud!
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's chief of staff Nigel Wright wrote a personal cheque worth more than $90,000 to pay back Senator Mike Duffy's living expenses, Harper's office confirmed Wednesday.
This shows a serious lack of leadership and/or moral compass from Harper. Condoning and paying for the fraud of his senate appointees shows the culture of entitlement. The RCMP should investigate both the senate expenses, this payment and the lack of cooperation from Duffy, on the say so of the PMO, with the audit.