Harper rejects scandal accusations


Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday strongly rejected accusations linking him to a Senate expenses scandal that has been a drag on his Tories’ popularity and the Senate.

Harper and the Senate Conservative leadership were loosely implicated the previous day by Mike Duffy, a senator at the center of the scandal, in alleged “bribery, threats and extortion of a sitting legislator.” Duffy also accused the prime minister’s office of a “monstrous political stunt” to try to get the expenses scandal off the front pages of newspapers — which opponents labeled an attempted cover-up. As well, he said he was threatened with expulsion if he did not go along.

Harper in the House of Commons flatly rejected Duffy’s claims, one by one, in answers to opposition questions.