OTTAWA – Nigel Wright has resigned as Prime Minister Harper’s Chief of Staff. The resignation is as a result of the handling of a $90,000 cheque that Wright wrote to Senator Mike Duffy to cover expense claims that the embattled Prince Edward Island Senator made. The Senator has also stepped back from the Conservative Caucus, along with Saskatchewan Senator Pam Wallin.
Prime Minister Harper Statement
“It is with great regret that I have accepted the resignation of Nigel Wright as my Chief of Staff,” stated Prime Minister Harper. “I accept that Nigel believed he was acting in the public interest, but I understand the decision he has taken to resign. I want to thank Nigel for his tremendous contribution to our Government over the past two and a half years”.
“Our Government’s top priority is, and will continue to be, securing jobs and economic growth for Canada. This is the focus of all our efforts and attention.,“ concluded the Prime Minister
The Conservative Government has been under fire for the past week with the Opposition and media digging into the allegations of expense claims by Senators. Three, now former Conservatives Senators have been removed from the Caucus. Senator Patrick Brasseau, Senator Mike Duffy and Senator Pam Wallin.