"...the Prime Minister’s Office appears to have been blindsided by Duffy’s claims that he had arranged his own loan with Royal Bank of Canada to cover the repayment.
“There are a growing number of questions about Mr. Duffy’s conduct that don’t have answers. Mr. Duffy will have to answer as an independent senator,” a government official said Thursday night.
Duffy’s claim that he had secured a bank loan was a complete surprise to senior government officials and appears to have sparked his departure from the Conservative caucus.
Senator Marjory LeBreton, the government house leader in the Senate, confirmed he was out of caucus.
“Senator Duffy has informed me that he has resigned from caucus to sit as an independent senator,” LeBreton said in a statement.
Duffy said in a statement the controversy around his repayment had become a “significant distraction to my caucus colleagues, and to the government.”
And then this curious statement from senator Mike who refused to cooperate with auditors, refused to hand over bank statements and other records, and claims to have been ordered by the Prime Minister's Office to dummy up:
“Throughout this entire situation I have sought only to do the right thing. I look forward to all relevant facts being made clear in due course, at which point I am hopeful I will be able to rejoin the Conservative caucus,” he said.
Mike, the auditors were asking you to make the "relevant facts" clear and you wanted no part of it. You gave them the slip. Sorry, Duff, but you've been marooned.