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Nigel Wright, former chief of staff for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, appears before a parliamentary committee in Ottawa, Nov. 2, 2010.
Nigel Wright, former chief of staff for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, appears before a parliamentary committee in Ottawa, Nov. 2, 2010.
(Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Even without charging Nigel Wright, the RCMP’s done a public service

The Prime Minister can feel relief that his former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, won’t be charged with a crime in the Senate scandal. But he should keep the celebrations to a chastened minimum.

The RCMP has decided to drop its investigation into Mr. Wright, because what he did – writing a $90,000 cheque to secretly cover Senator Mike Duffy’s expenses – isn’t a crime.