OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper disputed court documents Wednesday that allege the Tory party’s chief fundraiser offered to pay Sen. Mike Duffy’s inappropriate expenses before the tab ballooned.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said that under the Parliament of Canada Act, it’s illegal to offer money to a legislator, “so why does Sen. Irving Gerstein still enjoy the complete confidence” of the prime minister?
“The senator denies that,” Harper shot back in the House of Commons.
Harper was referring to remarks Gerstein gave at a Tory policy convention in October when he told party faithful donor funds were never offered to the former broadcaster, who was recovering Wednesday from heart surgery.
Gerstein has dodged reporters for the last two weeks asking bout his role in a scheme that ultimately led to Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, giving Duffy more than $90,000 to make a political problem disappear.