Senator Mike Duffy has made several allegations against Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Senator Mike Duffy has made several allegations against Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Okanagan-Shuswap MP defends the prime minister

On Tuesday, embattled Senator Mike Duffy alleged that Harper was directly involved in discussions around expenses.

Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes is standing firmly behind Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

On Tuesday, embattled Senator Mike Duffy alleged that Harper was directly involved in discussions around expenses. Harper has stated a former employee acted alone when Duffy was provided $90,000.

“The prime minister has been up front all along,” said Mayes after the Conservative caucus meeting in Ottawa Wednesday.

“The prime minister has never said, ‘The perception wasn’t good or we have to do this for public scrutiny.’ He said, ‘If there is inappropriate spending, it must be repaid.’”

Mayes insists that a Conservative priority has been expanding transparency within government.

“People have to remember whose government uncovered this and asked the RCMP to investigate,” he said.

“The general public recognizes that the prime minister has said we are going to make government more accountable and we’re doing that.”

Duffy’s allegations have led to rapid-fire criticism from the NDP and the Liberals and the controversy has dominated national media.

However, Mayes says he isn’t concerned that the reputation of the federal government is being damaged.

“I don’t think we should all be broad-brushed. The opposition is saying we are all bad guys and that’s not true,” he said.