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Friday March 7, 2008
Opposition MPs called for the head of the Prime Minister's chief of staff, Ian Brodie, Thursday after it was revealed an offhand remark he made to journalists preceded the leak of a confidential diplomatic discussion that rocked the U.S. presidential campaign.

“We know that Ian Brodie, the chief of staff for the Prime Minister was involved, and this was clear involvement in American politics,” said NDP Leader Jack Layton.

“So will the Prime Minister show some backbone and show Mr. Brodie the door immediately?” Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who on Tuesday told the House of Commons his chief of staff was not responsible for the leak that many believe helped undermine the campaign of U.S. Democratic candidate Barack Obama, was not as explicit Thursday.

“I'm not going to comment on rumours,” Mr. Harper said during Question Period.

“The Clerk of the Privy Council will inquire into the entire affair. We're going to investigate this entire matter and take whatever action is deemed to be necessary based on the facts that we are able to discover,” he said.

Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion demanded a clarification on Mr. Harper's earlier defence of his chief of staff. Source...

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