PMO urged changes to Duffy audit, RCMP officers say - 2015-05-06
The Prime Minister's Office played a key role in changing the findings of a 2013 audit into Mike Duffy's living expenses, as part of a strategy to keep the now-suspended senator quiet as the PMO tried to find a solution to questions over the controversial claims, RCMP officers allege in new court documents.
The Senate administration had hired the auditing firm Deloitte to look into the expense claims of senators Patrick Brazeau and Mac Harb, as well as those of Mr. Duffy. But the PMO and senior Conservative officials defended Mr. Duffy in the early stages of the controversy, in order to keep him quiet.
"A purpose of this is to put Mike in a different bucket and to prevent him from going squirrely in a bunch of weekend panel shows," former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright said in an e-mail to colleagues on Feb. 7, 2013.