Politics, they say, is about perception.
Well, this doesn't look good for the Harper government.
The Globe and Mail is reporting that Nigel Wright, the prime minister's chief of staff, "personally funded Senator Mike Duffy’s repayment of more than $90,000 in improperly-claimed living expenses."
"The government believes that taxpayers should not be on the hook for improper expense claims made by Senators," Andrew MacDougall, director of communications for Prime Minister Harper said in an email, according to the newspaper.
"Mr. Duffy agreed to repay the expenses because it was the right thing to do. However, Mr. Duffy was unable to make a timely repayment.
"Mr. Wright therefore wrote a cheque from his personal account for the full amount owing so that Mr. Duffy could repay the outstanding amount."
The money is a gift, according to the PMO, from Wright, who was a high power executive on Bay Street before joining the prime minister's team in 2010.
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