05/15/2013 03:09 EDT | Updated 07/15/2013 05:12 EDT

Wednesdays with @Kady replay: Why did PMO chief pay Duffy's bill?

There's always plenty to chat about with Kady O'Malley. On Wednesdays,'s Politics blogger convenes a "people's caucus" to discuss and debate the hot issues of the day.


- Why did Stephen Harper's chief of staff, Nigel Wright, cut a personal cheque to repay Senator Mike Duffy's controversial living expenses? Are all the Senators implicated in this controversy being treated equally in the process – or are the cases of Duffy and Pamela Wallin being handled differently from those of Mac Harb and Patrick Brazeau (who have both left their party caucuses and are suing over the issue of their committee-ordered repayments)? Why are any legal opinions on the residency question still not public? And if there is real expense fraud happening here, what's with all the fudging around who's job it was to call in the Mounties?

- Unless you were up late following the returns, the headlines out of yesterday's B.C. election were a stunner. How did Christy Clark's Liberals pull this one out? Why were the polls so wrong? What does Adrian Dix's defeat say about the NDP's strength in the province - and does that impact the federal party's chances? Plus, with Christy Clark headed back to the premier's office, what does that mean for hot federal-provincial files like the Northern Gateway pipeline?

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