Harper Chief Of Staff Resigns

Canadian ParliamentA few days ago it was revealed that Nigel Wright, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff, had picked up a $90,000 tab that senator Mike Duffy had rung up for expense account irregularities related to him representing PEI as a senator while living in Ottawa. Initially, Wright tried to portray the act as one of charity on his part in service of the public interest. But Opposition MPs viewed the matter in a different light, alleging that it was a behind-the-scenes attempt by the Conservatives to short-circuit a Senate investigation into Duffy’s actions.

When the scandal first broke the PM released a statement expressing support for Wright.  But today it was announced that Wright had resigned from his position as chief of staff. With Harper set to jet to South America on Tuesday for an official visit to Peru and the Pacific Alliance Leaders Summit in Cali, Columbia May 22-23, the PMO released this statement concerning Wright’s resignation:

“It is with great regret that I have accepted the resignation of Nigel Wright as my Chief of Staff.  I accept that Nigel believed he was acting in the public interest, but I understand the decision he has taken to resign.  I want to thank Nigel for his tremendous contribution to our Government over the past two and a half years.

“Our Government’s top priority is, and will continue to be, securing jobs and economic growth for Canada.  This is the focus of all our efforts and attention.”

Both Duffy, and senator Pamela Wallin from Saskatchewan, whose expense account claims are also being scrutinized by an auditor, have withdrawn from the Conservative caucus.  The Opposition, meanwhile, is pressing for further investigation of what it regards as a serious breach of ethics.

As for the government, maybe the Conservatives should consider expanding the scope of their mandate beyond “securing jobs and economic growth for Canada [or at least their backers in the resource sector]” to include principles like honesty, integrity, compassion, peace, stewardship of the environment, promotion of knowledge, creativity and innovation and other ideals that have  served this country reasonably well over its 140 plus year history.

Author: Gregory Beatty

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9 thoughts on “Harper Chief Of Staff Resigns”

  1. Remember when the CPC’s election campaign was “Demand Better?” Yeah, those were good times.

  2. The Harper Years will be infinitely forgotten/remembered as a regressive period in Canadian society defined only by boomers securing their self-interests before retirement. 67% of the population under 35 won’t even be able to name Harper 10 years from now.

  3. Leaving aside the commenter’s overwhelmingly broad generalizations and ageism, if the under-35s would get off their dead a$$es and vote, things might be very different.

  4. I feel sorry for Pamela Wallin. She is fully cooperating with the investigators who are scrutinizing her expense claims unlike Duffy and others.
    Guess she made the right choice to become an independent.

    This will all blow over when summer break comes.

  5. See the Liberal senator has got the kid gloves treatment from the MSM; not a shock

  6. Hey Brian,

    Remember how the Conservatives promised they’d be better than the Liberals? If you claim a moral and ethical superiority, prepare to be held to your own higher standard. How’s that working for your team, these days?

  7. Both Brian and pc are correct, and the principle of “two wrongs don’t make a right” still holds.

  8. Brian, once again you’re looking for bias in the wrong place.

    There are two very different reasons why the MSM is inclined to drag Duffy and Wallin through the mud more publicly than other senators.

    First, due to his years on CTV News, Duffy is what passes for a celebrity in Canada. People recognize his name. Same goes for Pamela Wallin due to her years at CBC. That liberal senator? Who is he exactly? Most people don’t know and don’t care.

    As a result, the media is paying more attention to the famous names.

    Second, Duffy and Wallin represent the party in power, a party that earned a lot of popularity by being hostile to the senate and claiming that they’ll dramatically alter it. Instead, that party in power used the system they claimed to despise so much and appointed a bunch of senators — including Duffy and Wallin. And now those senators they appointed turned out to be all worthy of scrutiny.

    It’s what you call a delicious irony. And the mainstream media likes that.

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