Senate spending scandal returns to House

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a photo opportunity in Toronto November 18,...

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a photo opportunity in Toronto November 18, 2013. (AARON HARRIS/REUTERS)

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 4:56 PM ET

OTTAWA - The Senate spending scandal returned to the lineup Monday but was still no match against the Rob Ford show in Toronto.

None of the party leaders was in the House of Commons after MPs returned from a one-week hiatus, leaving it to backbenchers to play dodge ball with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s stand-in on Senate criminal matters.

New Democrats sought answers to explain what they said were contradictions about the number of people the prime minister said were aware his former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, gave $90,000 to Sen. Mike Duffy.

The NDP said Harper has given different answers, including that Wright acted alone and nobody else in the Prime Minister’s Office was in the loop.

Harper has also said that “very few” people were in the know, the NDP said.

“So, which of these ... statements by the Prime Minister is the correct one?” MP Megan Leslie asked Harper’s parliamentary secretary, Paul Calandra.


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