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Duffy court docs suggest the Mounties may have finally gotten their... email


Has the RCMP finally managed to procure a copy of the much sought-after February 20 email from Senator Mike Duffy outlining the details of the now infamous $90 K repayment "scenario" that eventually found its way into the hands of CTV News reporter Bob Fife last May?

The February 20th "scenario" email has been the object of frenzied speculation since the story broke.

Both the New Democrats and the Liberals have repeatedly called on the PM to table it in the House -- with the Liberals even going so far as to file a written query to the Commons for all records related to the agreement itself.

Meanwhile, over the summer, the RCMP also attempted -- unsuccessfully -- to persuade Fife to give them a copy of the email, which CTV politely declined to do.

But according to the latest batch of Duffy-related court filings, among the "hundreds of pages" of documents turned over to the Mounties by former PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright was an email from Duffy, which reads, in part:

"Mary and I copied and redacted my 4 years of diaries; added a summary of my days in PEI, and pics of the cottage under construction etc. and sent it to Nigel by Purolator."

Leaving aside, at least for the moment, the eyebrow-raising reference to 'redacting' his diaries, the RCMP affidavit states that the email in question is dated February 20, 2013 -- the very same date as the "scenario" email.

According to the court record, Wright "provided" the RCMP with the email, but the reference to "Nigel" would suggest that he wasn't the original recipient -- just as he wasn't the recipient of the "scenario" email.

The limited excerpts that have been made public thus far also seem to be sufficiently similar in content to raise the possibility of a single source. After all, it's entirely plausible -- likely, even -- that Wright might ask Duffy to provide him with copies of relevant documents as part of any repayment agreement.

In any case, at the moment, there's no way to know for sure whether the two emails are actually one and the same. We'll just have to wait for the next set of filings to hit the docket. 


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