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NDP Leader Mulcair urges Harper to release paper trail on Senate scandal

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OTTAWA - Opposition leader Tom Mulcair is calling on the prime minister to release all the documents connected to a $90,000 payment to a now-disgraced senator.

Stephen Harper's chief of staff resigned over the weekend after it was revealed he gave Sen. Mike Duffy the money to pay back taxpayers for his disallowed housing expenses.

Mulcair says the series of excuses and explanations Harper's government has deployed since the scandal broke don't add up.

And he accused Harper of hiding out in South America rather than facing Canadians who are demanding answers in the growing scandal.

Harper is currently in Peru on a trade mission, and is expected to take questions from reporters later today.

In a speech to his caucus yesterday, Harper pledged Senate reform and greater accountability but did not specifically address the issue of Wright and Duffy.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130522/ndp-leader-mulcair-urges-harper-release-paper-trail-senate-s