In court of public opinion, Stephen Harper and senators losing

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper pauses after speaking during Question Period in the House of...

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper pauses after speaking during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa October 23, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

David Akin, Parliamentary Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 1:49 AM ET

OTTAWA - A new poll shows that when it comes to the Senate expense scandal, the court of public opinion has an early verdict -- and it shows that all the senators involved as well as Prime Minister Stephen Harper may be losers.

The Ipsos Reid poll finds that two out of three Canadians agree with Harper when he says senators Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau should be suspended without pay.

But the poll, taken in the three days before Monday's bombshell revelations from Duffy that there was a second cheque given to him, also suggests Canadians are not buying Harper's story about what he knew and when he knew it.

For example, Harper and his aides have, as recently as Monday, insisted that the PM had no idea that his former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, was going to write a $90,000 cheque from his personal account and give that to Duffy so the embattled senator could re-pay the Senate for what had been deemed ineligible housing expense claims.

 


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