August 20, 2015 11:52 am
Updated: August 20, 2015 11:55 am

Stephen Harper says he still has confidence in staffer despite possible link to Duffy cheque

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WATCH ABOVE: Stephen Harper says he stands by his chief of staff Ray Novak. 

OTTAWA – Stephen Harper says the people who work for him enjoy his confidence, otherwise they wouldn’t be on his staff.

That was the prime minister’s answer when he was asked if he stands by chief of staff, Ray Novak.

Recent testimony in the Mike Duffy fraud trial has more closely linked Novak to the controversial $90,000 payment to Duffy in 2013 by Harper’s previous chief of staff, Nigel Wright.

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Harper reiterated today during a campaign stop in King Township, Ont. north of Toronto that he holds only Duffy and Wright responsible for any wrongdoing.

The revelations from the Duffy trial have forced Harper to answer questions about the affair for the last week.

His two main rivals, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, are campaigning in British Columbia later in the day.

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