PM Stephen Harper’s chief of staff Nigel Wright resigned early Sunday following last week’s revelation that he cut a $90,000 personal cheque to cover Sen. Mike Duffy’s fraudulent Senate expense claims.
The announcement has set the Twitterverse on fire.
“Mr Wright’s resignation doesn’t end the matter – how and why was this deal done,” tweeted former Liberal leader bob Rae.
I couldn’t agree more.
Wright’s resignation is only the beginning. Harper should be held accountable for the Senate expenses scandal. And for Wright’s attempt to scuttle the Senate’s investigation into Sen. Duffy’s fraudulent expense claims!
Here are a few of my favorite responses to Wright’s resignation:
Worth remembering the PMO said two days ago that Harper had full confidence in Wright. “Mr. Wright is staying on.” #cdnpoli
— Bruce Campion-Smith (@yowflier) May 19, 2013
PMO shld explain: why let Sen. Duffy pretend he’d paid 90 grand when Nigel Wright did? & was their plot to subvert Senate probe #cdnpoli
— Robert Fife (@RobertFife) May 19, 2013
Mr Wright’s resignation doesn’t end the matter – how and why was this deal done ? By paying, an audit was stoppedWho else knew ?
— Bob Rae (@bobraeMP) May 19, 2013
Of course Wright’s resignation doesn’t end this. The stench remains. At this point does it even matter if it’s unproven that the PM knew?
— Leo Russomanno (@len_1980) May 19, 2013
Nigel Wright’s resignation opens floodgates. Wider investigation is needed. Were laws broken? What did @pmharper know? Need accountability!
— Everett Coldwell (@EverettColdwell) May 19, 2013
This is not about Nigel Wright or the Canadian Senate. What did Stephen Harper know and when did he know it?
— Vincent Mosco (@VMosco) May 19, 2013
If we had an accountable government, Nigel Wright would be in front of a committee answering “what did the PM know / when” questions.
— Dan Gardner (@dgardner) May 19, 2013
Where is the evidence that proves Nigel Wright wrote the 90K cheque? Kevin Page, the people of Canada need to borrow your skills. #cdnpoli
— Colin MacKay (@coljmackay) May 19, 2013
Duffy was probably the worst investment Nigel Wright ever made #cdnpoli
— Scott Deveau (@scottdeveau) May 19, 2013
Nigel Wright resigns as PM’s chief of staff. He takes the fall while #MikeDuffy takes the gravy. Hardly seems fair.
— RickBonnette (@RickBonnette1) May 19, 2013
Still a bit baffled about this spin we’re hearing about PM laying down the law with caucus on Tues. Think the reverse may be true.#cdnpoli
— Susan Delacourt (@SusanDelacourt) May 19, 2013
— Ashis Basu (@BasuAshis) May 20, 2013
— Canadian Patriot (@PitchforkTorchz) May 19, 2013
On Saturday, comedian Rick Mercer had suggested:
I think the most honourable thing for Harper to do at this point is to run, hide and avoid the public, I mean prorogue.. #cdnpoli
— Rick Mercer (@rickmercer) May 18, 2013