NDP wants commissioner to restart Wright investigation

Nigel Wright, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's chief of staff. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Nigel Wright, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's chief of staff. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 12:43 AM ET

OTTAWA — The NDP hounded Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson on Tuesday for not reopening her investigation into the prime minister's former chief of staff, Nigel Wright.

Wright was forced to resign after the media reported he personally wrote a $90,000 cheque so Sen. Mike Duffy could repay his inappropriate expense claims.

Dawson had begun investigating the cheque when the RCMP launched an investigation of its own. Rules dictate that the ethics commissioner must suspend her own investigation if the RCMP looks into the same case.

The RCMP decided in April it wouldn't charge Wright with any criminal offences.

NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus asked why, since the RCMP is now investigating Duffy, not Wright, Dawson couldn't look into Wright's actions herself.


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