Why was Mike Duffy charged when Nigel Wright wasn’t?

How could the RCMP charge him for accepting $90,000 from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff Nigel Wright after the Mounties publicly said there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Wright with giving Duffy the money?

 

Sen. Mike Duffy sent an email to Nigel Wright following a news story referencing a Senate matter.

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On March 1, Duffy’s lawyer Janice Payne emailed former PMO legal adviser Ben Perrin for an update.

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In an March 8 email, Wright told Chris Woodcock the party would not be paying the Duffy cheque.

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On May 9, Wright responded to an email forwarded by Ray Novak from Sen. Linda Frum over concerns about protecting Tory senators.

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On page 26 of the documents, the RCMP note “On February 15, there were e-mail discussions within the PMO about the Senate Rules committee and a proposed definition of residency, Nigel Wright e-mailed Benjamin Perrin.”

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On page 44 of the documents, the RCMP detail an email exchange between Tory Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen and PMO staffers Chris Woodcock and Patrick Rogers.

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Page 32 of the documents details a Feb. 22 email from Nigel Wright to staffers in the PMO, including lawyer Benjamin Perrin.

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Page 45 of the documents details an email on May 14 from PMO staffer Andrew MacDougall to Nigel Wright and others. MacDougall says he has received inquiries from a journalist about Nigel Wright co-signing a loan for Senator Duffy to repay the money. Carl Vallee, PMO Press Secretary, writes:

“Would the PM know the actual answer to the question? Just in case he asks us.”

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