Harper's chief of staff resigns

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By The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff has resigned in light of the controversy around his handling of expense payments involving Senator Mike Duffy. 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during an announcement in Summerside, Prince Edward Island on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

In a statement issued Sunday morning, Nigel Wright says Stephen Harper has accepted his resignation.

The Prime Minister’s Office said earlier this week that Wright personally paid off $90,000 in inappropriately claimed housing expenses for Duffy, who later stepped down from Conservative caucus.

Wright says his actions were intended “solely to secure the repayment of funds,” which he considered to be in the public interest. He says he did not tell Harper how Duffy’s expenses were repaid, either before or after the fact. Wright says he regrets the impact the matter has had on the government, the Tory caucus and all his colleagues.

In a separate statement Harper said he accepted Wright’s resignation with “great regret.”

Harper says he accepts that Wright believed he was acting in the public interest but understands his decision to resign.

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  • Mike
    May 20, 2013 - 14:56

    This smells like a set up to me. If Mr. Wright didn't see this as a conflict of interest from the beginning, perhaps he has over extended his abilities in the political world. Maybe municipal politics is more his speed.

  • Kenda
    May 20, 2013 - 06:14

    Mr. Duffy first lied and stated that he had taken out a personal loan to pay off his $90,000 debt. Now we find out the truth that Mr. Wright has paid off his debt for him. This just proves that the government of Canada can do anything it wants with no real consequences. Mr. Duffy has committed a pretty serious offence here (fraud). Should this not be punished by criminal charges?? It is time we Canadians stood up and showed our government that they will be held accountable for their actions that same way that you or I would be if we committed a $90,000 fraud. Our government needs to be cleaned out completely a new system needs to be put in place. Everything around us has advanced, why has our government stayed the same? Occupy Canada had the right idea but not enough support to make the changes needed. Canada is so ass backward.

  • Bob Adshade
    May 20, 2013 - 05:45

    I wonder how long it will be before there is a new Senator named Nigel Wright.

  • Brad
    May 19, 2013 - 17:45

    Here piggy piggy, good old Tory pork barrel politics. Nothing ever changes and the fools of PC will keep voting Tory.

    • Scott
      May 19, 2013 - 20:59

      People of Central Nova, ask Peter McKay his opinion on this topic and remember what he said about merging with Stephen Harper and The Reform Party.

  • CONCERNED
    May 19, 2013 - 15:58

    WHO CAN YOU TRUST ANY MORE ? ? ? WHO DO YOU VOTE FOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jane Evans
    May 19, 2013 - 14:05

    A bad error in judgement by Mr Wright. The Conservative Party lost a good man.

  • Sherry Martin
    May 19, 2013 - 12:30

    No surprise there.

  • chief wiggam
    May 19, 2013 - 12:29

    harpers reform party mentality is showing.

  • Mandy
    May 19, 2013 - 12:17

    What a crock!! He believed Wright was acting in the public interest?? He knew damn well they were trying to cover something up. They all think the only mistake they made was getting caught!!

  • hugh mackenzie
    May 19, 2013 - 11:33

    WE ARE NOW GETTING CLOSER TO THE REAL PROBLEM, MR HARPER'S RESIGNATION SHOULD BE NEXT. HE IS THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM. TIME TO" HEAVE STEVE) !!!!

    • JL
      May 20, 2013 - 08:13

      They thought we were all just like them that's why they came down on EI claimants.

  • Heather MacDonald
    May 19, 2013 - 11:18

    "Duffygate" strikes again!