Friday, March 7, 2008

Harper pledges to widen NAFTA leak probe

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised Thursday that an internal investigation would probe all facets of how information was leaked that may have influenced the U.S. Democratic presidential primaries, including the alleged comments by his own chief of staff, Ian Brodie, and the subsequent leak of a sensitive memorandum.

Opposition politicians yesterday demanded Mr. Brodie's dismissal amid reports that he leaked information that set off a chain of events that some say resulted in Senator Barack Obama's loss in Tuesday's Ohio primaries.

"New reports indicate very clearly that it was Ian Brodie, the chief of staff," New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton said yesterday in the Commons.

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