For those who have lost track of the scandal or are just tuning in, here is a timeline highlighting the major events and linking to articles with more information.
What started as a $90,172 claim of inappropriate expenses seen as an outrage as part of abusive senate behaviour quickly escalated to a scandal with many more questions than answers. Get up to date with the full timeline.
Harper's former press secretary reimburses taxpayers
Wright's mysterious binder features Duffy's 4-year timelineA binder found by the RCMP has raised eyebrows as Prime Minister Stephen Harper, among the Conservative brass, have repeatedly insisted former Chief of Staff Nigel Wright and disgraced Senator Mike Duffy didn't speak to each other prior to the $90,000 deal. The binder, formerly owned by Wright, featured calendars which gave details of Duffy's life over the past 4 years. Wright didn't give the binder when the rest of the information was submitted for review with the initial audit - nor was the binder given when the RCMP initiated their investigation into the deal.
The discovery raises questions concerning how much the PMO, and by extension, Harper, knew about the deal.
“The calendar is quite detailed and contains notes of Senator Duffy’s travel, meetings, teleconferences, social events, holidays, noteworthy current events, speeches, and political interactions,” Cpl. Greg Horton wrote in a court order.
"Mary and I copied and redacted my four years of diaries; added a summary of my days in P.E.I., and pics of the cottage under construction etc. and sent it to Nigel by Purolator," Duffy wrote.
RCMP: Duffy gave $65,000 contract for “little or no apparent work”
No charges have been laid with this regard and the allegation has yet to be proven in court. A sworn document says Duffy charged taxpayers for speech writing work and media consulting services offered by Donohue. Donohue admitted he had no experience in either task.
According to an affidavit which recorded what Donohue told investigators, his earnings were payed by cheque and “he never funneled any of the money back to Duffy.”
“He also said that while he and Duffy have been friends for several years, they seldom see each other or socialize. He has never been to the Senate offices.”