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NDP MP submits new evidence over claim that PM may have misled House

New Democrat MP Charlie Angus has submitted still more material to the parliamentary record to support his contention that the prime minister may have misled the House last June when he stated that neither he nor anyone in his office were aware of the $90,000 repayment plan arranged by his former chief of staff for embattled senator Mike Duffy.

The PM's seemingly contradictory accounts has already sparked a point of privilege on the issue, which is currently before the House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer.

In the letter sent to Scheer on Monday, Angus contrasts the PM's statement last week that "very few people" were informed of Wright's actions with his previous assertion that those actions "were not communicated to me or to members of my office."

This, he suggests in the letter, "is further proof ... that the Prime Minister either deliberately misled the House, or was himself misled by members of his staff." 

(In theory, if the Speaker concluded that the latter claim constitutes a prima facie breach of privilege, those staffers could potentially find themselves facing charges of contempt of Parliament for permitting misleading statements to stand.) 

Here's the full text of his missive: 

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