OTTAWA — Opposition MPs raised concerns Monday about the integrity of a stash of e-mails critical to the Senate spending scandal that vanished for three months in September before mysteriously showing up.
The Privy Council Office said it found the missing e-mails from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's legal counsel, Benjamin Perrin, Nov. 29 and apologized Sunday for the disappearance to both the RCMP and PMO.
Police first sought the e-mails after Perrin's name popped up during the investigation, but the bureaucratic arm of the Prime Minister's Office said it had lost what could be key evidence in the bribery, fraud and breach of trust probe.
The PCO had said the e-mails were deleted when Perrin left the PMO in March after a deal was struck that led Harper's former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, to give Sen. Mike Duffy $90,000 to make a problem go away.
Mounties asked again last week whether they could have been retained on a back-up system.