Harper has been under fire over the past few days for the complete unraveling of a huge scandal within his own office as well as the Senate. Here are the main points of the entire thing:
Nigel Wright, Harper’s former Chief of Staff, paid Senate member Mike Duffy out of his own pocket for improperly claimed expenses. The cheques was for over $90,000.
Duffy has been the cause of much commotion in the Senate lately (he was appointed by Harper but now sits as an independent). He was the centre of issues that had to do with housing allowances earlier in the year. However, Duffy has said that his expenses do not merit criticism.
After news broke of the cheque, Wright resigned this past weekend.
Harper refused to talk about the issues yesterday in a caucus meeting, asking media to leave the room after a short and question-yielding speech. He then flew to Peru (above), on an official government trip.
From Peru, Harper finally took questions from the media about the issue, saying he is angry, sorry, and frustrated, and that he did not know about the cheque.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has lots of questions, and so does NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. Video here.