October 23, 2013 1:22 pm
Updated: October 23, 2013 2:00 pm

PM must testify under oath about what he knew of Senate scandal: Trudeau


OTTAWA – The opposition onslaught against Prime Minister Stephen Harper is on anew in the wake of Sen. Mike Duffy‘s explosive Senate scandal speech.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says the only way to restore public faith in the Senate is for Harper to testify under oath about what he knew and when he knew it.

READ MORE: Duffy claims Harper ordered him to repay expenses

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And NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says Duffy has directly implicated the prime minister, who insists he knew nothing of his former chief of staff’s scheme to pay back Duffy’s disallowed housing claims.

Mulcair says Harper has fostered a “culture of corruption” that’s to blame for the expense scandal and the campaign within the Prime Minister’s Office to cover it up.

READ MORE: Mulcair: Harper implicated in Senate scandal, ‘culture of corruption’

He says Harper is the common link among 13 different confidantes and advisers named in a CTV report as having knowledge of former chief of staff Nigel Wright’s plan to cut a $90,000 cheque on Duffy’s behalf.

Trudeau, meanwhile, says it’s high time Harper showed some leadership on the file.

© 2013 The Canadian Press

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