Senate scandal: At Issue panel weighs in on what Harper knew

The National's At Issue panel gives their thoughts on the recently released RCMP documents related to the Senate expense scandal and the questions raised about what Prime Minister Stephen Harper knew regarding the repayment of Senator Mike Duffy's expenses.

The National's At Issue panel gives their thoughts on the recently released RCMP documents related to the Senate expense scandal and the questions raised about what Prime Minister Stephen Harper knew regarding the repayment of Senator Mike Duffy's expenses.

At Issue panelist Andrew Coyne said that long-term damage is being done to the Conservative party and Harper and that he is a much diminished figure in parliament because of the scandal. 

Panelist Bruce Anderson said it's a miscalculation for the party to keep obfuscating on the issue.

Panelist Chantal Hebert said the government is in "unknown territory" because for the first time a chief of staff has come under allegations of criminal behaviour in the exercise of his duties.

Watch the full At Issue video above.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.