The Duffy Affair took the first hit on Prime Minister Stephen Harper's integrity after lies, contradictions and terrible damage control plagued the PMO after former chief of staff Nigel Wright cut a $90,000 cheque to disgraced Senator Mike Duffy in exchange for silence.
The Wallin Affair takes a new step forward in the controversies surrounding the senate. Not only has Wallin inappropriately taken more tax money than Duffy, Harper himself defended her actions this spring.
"In terms of Senator Wallin, I have looked at the numbers," Harper said at the time. "Her travel costs are comparable to any parliamentarian travelling from that particular area of the country over that period of time."
"At first glance, the prime minister should have seen the red flags. It should have raised alarms. Without indeed knowing all the details at first glance, at broad review, he should have seen the problems," Dion said.
"The pattern is repeating itself."
"Next month, the House gets back in session and we're worried that the media is going to pick up where they left off and that was the Senate issue. And you know, we want to focus on a lot of other things that we've done well.
We're doing a big media campaign. The economy is our number one focus. Our country's economy is the strongest in the G-7. Our taxes are the lowest they've been in 15 years. We've overhauled our criminal justice and immigration [systems] in the last 2 year's we've had our majority.
But it seems most of the media coverage remains pretty negative.
So by doing this we can get our message out to Canadians. We will also have a new Speech from the Throne which will lay out the direction of the government for the next two years, as well, heading into the next election.
And we're just asking for your support to get that message out with a 75% tax credit.
...When we go back in September we know what we're going to be facing. We're really trying to change that channel and that's why we're doing the campaign at the same time to get our...new agenda."
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