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NDP reacts to new revelations in Wright-Duffy affair

07/08/2013 01:28 EDT | Updated 09/07/2013 05:12 EDT
New Democrats addressed new information contained in court documents released Friday showing that Stephen Harper's former chief of staff Nigel Wright told three other senior employees in the Prime Minister's Office about the $90,000 cheque he gave to Senator Mike Duffy, at a press conference in Ottawa on Monday.

The new information is at odds with Harper's assertion in the House of Commons last month that his ex-chief of staff acted alone in giving the money to Duffy so he could repay his ineligible Senate expenses.

The information revealed in documents filed by the RCMP raises several new questions ranging from how Duffy approached the question of his residency when he was appointed to the Senate, to how many people knew about Wright's $90,000 cheque to the former Conservative senator who is now serving as an Independent.

Harper repeated on Saturday that it was Wright's decision, and his alone, to give Duffy $90,000 out of his own pocket to reimburse the Senate.