This section is related to an important “interactive” article titled “THE SENATE EXPENSES SCANDAL: Who ‘s Who” by Kirsten Smith and Jason Fekete that was recently published on the Ottawa Citizen website that unfortunately is not web-accessible, thus inaccessible, to many internet users that may have limited and/or obsolete technologies and/or those with disabilities that require assistive devices. Below you will find the article transcripts, which are based upon an the java-scripted info-graphic image from the article that has been converted into individual, categorized and sub-linked info-graphics with text alternatives.
The PMO Senate Expense Scandal: Who 's Who: The PMO
Kirsten Smith and Jason Fekete unravel the complex trail of who knew what and when as the expenses of key Tory Senators became a major political scandal.
* People who the RCMP says knew of $90,000 repayment to Mike Duffy. (individuals that were highlighted in the graphic with a yellow ring surrounding their image placement in the original graphic tree info-graphic)
Position: Prime minister, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.
Role: Maintained his former chief of staff Nigel Wright acted alone when he wrote a personal cheque of more than $90,000 to cover Sen. Mike Duffy‘s improper Senate expense claims. Said Wright did not initially tell him about the repayment scheme and that he only learned of it May 15, 2013, nearly two months after Wright decided to do it. As a result, either fired Wright or accepted his resignation: has used both descriptions. Harper says he told Duffy on Feb. 13, following a caucus meeting, that he must repay all improper expenses.
Role: Was “dismissed or resigned in May 2013 after admitting he wrote a personal cheque of more than $90,000 to cover Sen. Mike Duffy‘s improper Senate expense claims. RCMP allege he broke the law in helping Duffy repay the funds.
Role: Sent and email May 14 to Wright and others explaining he had received inquiries from a journalist about Wright co-signing an loan for Duffy to repay the money. Wright responded to PMO officials that: “The PM knows, in broad terms only, that I personally assisted Duffy when I was getting him to agree to repay the expenses. On the specific matter, I did not co-sign a loan.”
On May 15, after media reports that Wright wrote a personal cheque for the $90,000, MacDougall told media that Duffy was unable to make timely payment, and Wright covered the cost.
Role: Was informed by Wright that Wright had personally covered Mike duff’s $90,000 in ineligible Senate expenses. Involved in internal communication between PMO, Duffy and conservative Senate leadership on softening Deloitte audit of Duffy if the senator agreed to repay ineligible expenses.
Was also present at a key May 8 meeting among PMO officials, senators Marjory LeBreton and Carolyn Stewart Olsen and others to discuss draft Senate report on Duffy, where “PMO staff present were urging to have the report amended to be less critical of Senator Duffy,” the RCMP say.
According to RCMP documents, was a key player in stickhandling many negotiations between PMO and Conservative leadership in Senate over the Deloitte audit. also involved in asking Sen. Irving Gerstein to call a contact at Deloitte to see if audit would end if $90,000 was repaid.
Role:Duffy suggests Novak participated in a phone call with Sen. Marjory LeBreton in which they threatened to expel him from the Senate if Duffy did not resign from caucus and admit to improper expenses. RCMP documents indicate Novak spoke with various senators around Duffy expense issue.
In one email to Woodcock, says Duffy‘s “lying really is tiresome.”
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