‘Upset’ PM Harper calls on caucus to reform Senate following scandals

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Conservative MPs Tuesday morning he is “very upset” about a Senate expense scandal that forced his top aide to resign Sunday and saw two Senators leave his caucus last week.

And while Harper vowed to bring in tough new rules on Senate expenses, he did not explain the circumstances surrounding a $90,000 cash gift his former chief of staff Nigel Wright gave to bail out Sen. Mike Duffy, one of the senators at the centre of the expense scandal.