Tories vote for more financial transparency in wake of Duffy payment

CALGARY – Less than a week after Sen. Mike Duffy revealed the Conservative Party paid a $13,000 legal bill, Conservatives are voting for more transparency for their own books.

Delegates at the biennial policy convention approved a motion that would make it mandatory for a financial report to be delivered at each gathering.

The fact the party had paid for some of Duffy’s legal bills related to his contested Senate expenses was not known until the embattled Senator delivered a speech in the upper chamber.

RCMP court filings have also alleged that the president of the Conservative Fund of Canada, Sen. Irving Gerstein, was discussing the possibility of paying back up to $30,000 of Duffy’s expenses.

In the end, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s then chief of staff Nigel Wright secretly repaid $90,000 of Duffy’s claims out of his own pocket.

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Conservatives will be dealing with a series of policy resolutions, including several restricting union activities and one that would condemn sex selective abortions.

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