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Trudeau files formal request for details of Wright/Duffy payment deal

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has put his challenge to the PM to release the details of that now notorious $90 K 'gift' from his now former chief of staff Nigel Wright to Senator Mike Duffy in writing.

From today's Notice Paper:

Q-1373 -- May 22, 2013 -- Mr. Trudeau (Papineau) -- With regard to the Prime Minister's Office and the Privy Council Office: (a) how many records exist regarding the letter of understanding between the Prime Minister's former Chief of Staff, Nigel Wright, and Senator Mike Duffy regarding the payment of $90,127 to cover Senator Duffy's living expenses; and (b) what are the details of each record?

Q-1374 -- May 22, 2013 -- Mr. Trudeau (Papineau) -- With regard to the Prime Minister's Office and the Privy Council Office, what are the details of the letter of understanding between the Prime Minister's former Chief of Staff, Nigel Wright, and Senator Mike Duffy regarding the payment of $90,127 to cover Senator Duffy's living expenses?

Under the Standing Orders, the government has 45 days to respond -- which, given the rapidly approaching summer break, means that Trudeau likely won't hear back until the House reconvenes this fall.

If, however, the PM decides to prorogue Parliament before that happens, the Order Paper would be wiped clean. Trudeau -- or, indeed, any other member -- would be free to re-submit the query, but the clock would be restarted as well, which would put the new deadline at 45 days from the date of notice. 

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