Harper Senate Scandal


PMO Paid Over $4.1M In Severance Pay

OTTAWA — The Prime Minister’s Office coughed up $4.1 million in severance and separation pay over the first seven years of Stephen Harper’s tenure for 196 departing PMO employees, according to governm...

What Harper Can Learn From Christie

WASHINGTON - As far as political apologies go, this one was an epic, running the emotional gamut of a Hollywood blockbuster and the feature-length screen time of one hour, 48 minutes.Left unresolved i...

Harper Is a Mere Extra in Duffy's Senate Spectacular

Contrary to the sensationalistic headlines appearing everywhere as of late, the big, long, RCMP report released yesterday about the Nigel Wright/Mike Duffy Senate payoff brouhaha doesn't contain much for the Prime Minister to fear. Let alone give him reason to fear for his job. And what, finally, of the Prime Minister? He makes but a brief cameo appearance in the lengthy report, during a single paragraph of Wright's testimony. Beyond that, Harper the man is entirely absent from a narrative that's very much the Duffy/Wright show. To the extent he comes up at all, the references are opaque and fleeting.

Tories Just Want To Move On

OTTAWA - Conservatives are hoping a vote to suspend three errant senators without pay this week might help turn the page on a scandal that has jammed their political momentum for months.MPs and a hand...

The Senate Scandal Is All Downhill For Mr. Harper

After another week of appalling new revelations, exacerbating contradictions and failed attempts to make the issue go away, everybody is now speculating about the Prime Minister's next move in his management of the senate scandal crisis as he prepares to deliver an important keynote speech to Conservative party faithful tonight in Calgary. At this point, his options are not numerous, and come with daunting political consequences.

'Everybody Should Be Embarrassed'

CALGARY - The founder of the federal Reform party says all Canadians should be embarrassed by the shenanigans within the Senate but he still believes the upper chamber can be salvaged if it makes some...

Senate Scandal: Harper Must Pause, Reflect and Move Forward

With the Senate scandal continuing unabated, there is tremendous wear and tear on everyone involved. These scandals tend to take over your entire day, you become buried in the muck, either throwing it or slipping deeper into it. A political crisis of this magnitude wears staff down and it always impacts on the man at the top. It is time for the Prime Minister to pause and reflect.


Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he will not be swayed by the extraordinary debate heard in the Senate this week as three embattled senators took turns fighting for their livelihood, after the Senat...

Tories Move To Suspend Duffy, Wallin

OTTAWA - The Harper government moved Thursday to cauterize the open wound that is the Senate expenses scandal, coming down hard on three free-spending senators and promising to disclose how its parlia...

No Paper Trail Here

The Senate expenses scandal may have generated a lot of headlines this year, but apparently it hadn't prompted a single email, memo or even a sticky-note in Stephen Harper's own department b...

Ex-Harper Aide 'Surprised' About PM

A former top adviser to Stephen Harper is "surprised" the prime minister was left in the dark about a secret financial deal between his then-chief of staff and Senator Mike Duffy. Bruce Carson, who c...

Plenty Of Questions, Few Answers

OTTAWA - Stephen Harper was in the hot seat for the second consecutive day Wednesday, facing an opposition inquisition about his office's involvement in the scandal swirling around Sen. Mike Duffy's i...

The Real Scandal in the Senate Is Harper's Behaviour

Really, the PMO scandal shouldn't surprise anyone. It is a living incarnation of this government's modus operandi. But this time, they got caught. And they are trying to spin the most ridiculous lines to get out of it without showing any sign of contrition and accountability. At the end of the day, it comes down to this. There is one man who must be accountable for all this and we all know who it is. Stephen Harper's character is the real story here. It always has been. And it will always be.

CARTOON: My What Big Teeth You Have Mr. Harper..

Watching a recent televised press conference from New-York last week I listened to Prime Minister Stephen Harper begin all his responses to questions by first saying "LOOK". Well he might have unintentionally been asking for more eyes to be watching then he might have counted on, considering the events of the past week.

What Does Harper Have To Say?

OTTAWA - Canadians will have to wait until Wednesday to hear Prime Minister Stephen Harper answer questions about the Senate expenses scandal.Harper has embarked on a three-day trip to South America w...