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Senator Mike Duffy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright. (DAVE CHAN AND ADRIAN WYLD FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Senator Mike Duffy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright. (DAVE CHAN AND ADRIAN WYLD FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

He said, he said: How talking points have evolved in the Senate scandal Add to ...

NIGEL WRIGHT: DID HE RESIGN OR WAS HE DISMISSED?

  • May 17: “The Prime Minister has the full confidence in Mr. Wright and Mr. Wright is staying on.” Andrew MacDougall, then-PMO director of communications, about then-chief of staff Nigel Wright (full story here)
  • May 19: “I accept that Nigel believed he was acting in the public interest, but I understand the decision he has taken to resign.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper, after accepting Mr. Wright’s resignation (full story here)
  • Oct. 28: “As you know, I had a chief of staff who made an inappropriate payment to Mr. Duffy. He was dismissed.” Mr. Harper, in an interview on radio station News 95.7 Halifax (full story here)

THE $90,000 CHEQUE: DID NO ONE KNOW OR A DID FEW PEOPLE KNOW?

  • June 5: “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.” Mr. Harper, to House of Commons
  • Oct. 24: “[Mr. Duffy] alleges that many people knew about this. That is simply not correct. This was Mr. Wright’s decision using his own resources and by his own admission, documented. He told very few people.” Mr. Harper, to House of Commons (full story here)

STEPHEN HARPER: A CHANGE IN TONE

  • May 22: “Obviously, I’m very sorry that this has occurred. I’m not only sorry, I’ve been through the range of emotions. I’m sorry, I’m frustrated, I’m extremely angry about it.” Mr. Harper, speaking to reporters (full story here)
  • Oct. 23: “Mr. Duffy now says he is a victim because I told him he should repay his expenses. You’re darn right I told him he should repay them.” Mr. Harper, to House of Commons (full story here)
  • Oct. 25: “It is beyond the shadow of a doubt that these senators, in some cases, have collected literally up to six figures of ineligible expenses – did so willingly over a long period of time. … What I think most Canadians would say is if you did that in your work, your boss wouldn’t wait for you to be convicted of a crime. Your boss would say that and that alone requires there’s some action be taken in terms of your job.” Mr. Harper, on Toronto radio station Newstalk 1010 (full story here)

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