Mulcair and Trudeau grill Harper over Duffy scandal: transcript
Opposition and NDP leader Thomas Mulcair grilled Prime Minister Stephen Harper in what was called a "question period for the ages" by veteran political reporter Karl Neremberg. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau also peppered the Prime Minister with questions about the Senate scandal.
Harper held fast to his position that he wasn't aware of his former chief of staff's payment to Senator Mike Duffy until May 15, but appeared shaken on a few occasions, including when Mulcair repeatedly pressed him whether or not the payment to Duffy was ever discussed in cabinet. The Prime Minister deflected the questions, but would not deny it.
Mulcair also pointed out a discrepancy in Harper's claims that he had never seen the cheque from former chief of staff Nigel Wright: if he had indeed never seen it, then how he could he say with certainty that it was Wright's personal cheque?
Below, the transcript of the exchange:
On Wednesday, May 15, I was told about it. At that very moment, I demanded that my office ensure that the public was informed, and it was informed appropriately.